Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Winter Skin Care

The combination of dry air and holiday stress can prove to be a nightmare for your skin. As with any other season, you will have to adjust your daily routine accordingly to keep your skin fresh and renewed. The following are tips to help you rejuvenate your skin and look your best for the winter season.
  • Don't Skip the Toner- Applying toner will normalize the skin's pH level, misting your skin throughout the day will allow the toner to absorb excess oil and keep you looking fresh.
  • Curb Your Cravings- Be sure to limit sugar intake. When your body processes sugar, it turns into glucose which can destroy collagen and your skin's elasticity. Eating fiber-rich foods can help ward off hunger and your sweet tooth.
  • Exfoliate Twice a Week- Dead skin and bacteria left on your face can irritate your acne and leave scarring. Be sure to slough it off with a gentle exfoliator.
  • Watch the Blow Dryer- The extreme heat and extended use of a blow dryer facing your neck can break capillaries and over time, leave them permanently broken. 
  • Use Lukewarm Water- When rinsing your cleanser, avoid water that is too hot or too cold. Your skin is very sensitive and not being careful with temperature could cause irritation and break capillaries. That means shower water temperature can also be damaging if it is too hot. 
  • Use an Oatmeal Based Scrub- Abrasive scrubs and exfoliants are too harsh on your skin during winter. Milder, oatmeal-based facial scrubs can unplug the oily pores. 
  • Avoid products that use mineral oil or petroleum- Mineral oil and petroleum, both derived from fossil fuel, may dog your pores and prevent your body from flushing out toxins through your skin, leading to breakouts. Be sure to check the ingredients on all your skin care products and cosmetics. 
  • Drench and Hydrate- With dehydrated and cracked skin, be sure to add moisture with deep-hydrating creams and facials. Also, don't forget to stay hydrated yourself. Be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to maintain a radiant complexion. 
By following these tips you will ensure your skin stays healthy and protected through the cold, snowy weather. You can do it- keep your skin you love, even in the harshest winter months. 


  1. Any suggestions for cracked heels?

  2. Hello, in my estimation you need a very heavy moisturizer: either the Shea Body Butter ( or saturation herbal creme ( I hope one of these help. J.Rucker M.D.