6 Tips for Winter-Proofing Your Skin

deborahWinter is almost here and many of us are already feeling the effects of the changing temperature. We rush from overheated houses and offices to frigid temps outside — and our skin takes a beating!

Deborah Castle, Medical Aesthetician and Dermess Director of Research, has these tips for keeping your skin looking dewy during the long, dry winter months:

Drink plenty of water.

In the warmer months, it’s easier to drink water because we get hot and thirsty. But it’s more important than ever to drink up during the winter to counteract the drying effects of the environment. Eight or more glasses of filtered or distilled water will hydrate and plump your skin from within and replenish the moisture the environment takes away.

Take your Omegas.

We all know that essential¬† fatty acids (EFAs) are good for your heart and brain. But did you know they’re good for your skin, too? Fatty acids maintain the structure and fluidity of the cell membrane, keeping them “young”. So make sure you’re getting enough from food sources or supplements. Try VitaMedica Fish Oil and Flax Oil caps.

Choose products with hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid holds 1000 times its weight in water, making it your skin’s best friend in the winter. Many products and treatments contain hyaluronic acid in their formulations. Some good ones to try: Phytoceuticals Hydrating B5 and SkinCeuticals B5 Mask. Products with Vitamins A, C and E are also beneficial. HydroPeptide’s Power Lift and Dermal Repair fall into this category.

Find a good eye cream.

In the winter months it’s more important than ever to use an eye treatment both a.m. and p.m. Choose a creamier formulation — especially for nighttime, that really gives you that extra moisture surge. Neocutis Lumiere eye cream with growth factors and Teamine Eye Complex are our favorites. For your neck — another area that shows dryness quickly — switch to Revision Nectifirm.

Treat yourself to hydrating facials.

The ECHO2PlusTM Skin Care Treatment System can reduce the effects of dry by actually nourishing the skin with essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and of course, the PURE OXYGEN molecule, all of which are propelled deep into the skin, pore by pore. And our new HydroPeptide facial uses growth factors and cell-communicating peptides to fortify skin and give you a dewy glow.

Use a lower SPF.

Since you’re not outside as much and the sun is not as intense, you can reduce the SPF factor of your daily products during the winter months. Many foundations have a built-in SPF of 15 or 20, and this should be plenty to protect your face from the sun’s rays. But don’t forget to beef it back up if you go to the beach. Many of the worst sunburns occur when we expose our lily-white faces and bodies to the harsh Caribbean sun!