She has some survival tips to get you through the winter with softer, smoother skin from head to toe:
Humidify your home
When it's time for the winter jacket, it's time for the winter skin routine of extra moisturizer.
- Use Gentler Face Cleansers: Use milky, creamy cleansers as they are gentler. Avoid glycolic, alpha hydroxy acids which may irritate skin this time of year.
- Facial moisturizer: You still need SPF even during the winter!
- Olay Regenerist Serum
- Aveeno positively radiant moisturizer with SPF 30
- At-home oatmeal & olive oil mask
- Look for products in a jar as they are a bit thicker: Aquaphor, Cetaphil
- Take Shorter Showers: Cold winter mornings mean long hot showers. Shorten the shower to 10 min or less, avoid steamy hot showers. They will dry your skin out even more.
Olay Ribbons, Suave, Eucerin, Dove Sensitive Skin
- At-home remedy: Salt scrub to exfoliate body and Crisco for young children
- Feet: Neglected feet become rough and dry
- Olay thermal pedicure, Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Foot Cream, Vaseline & socks.
- While many of use focus anti-aging products on our face we often overlook the need on our hands and necks. These two areas need special attention, too!
- Hands become especially cracked in the winter. Use specific thicker cream, like Neutrogena Norwegian Hand Cream
- Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin)
- Try to exfoliate the area (backs of arms, sides of thighs) with over the counter low-strength glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy or lactic acid products.
- You may also use gritty cleansers in the shower no more than twice a week. -- remember people who have this condition usually have very sensitive skin so don't want to overdo it.
- Prescription strength products are available as well.
- Itchy dry patches usually in skin folds but can occur in all areas of the body.
- Usually associated with people who come from families where there is hay fever, sinus problems, asthma and gets worse if body is stressed (cold or flu), so be gentle, gentle, gentle.
- First line of defense is gentle skin care, lots of moisturizer and often these patients need prescription medications
- NOTE: People who don't respond to these products should see a dermatologist for evaluation and perhaps prescription strength products.
- Avoid scratchy fabrics next to skin such as wool. Wear cotton or silk t-shirts under sweaters
- Lips: Vaseline is the ultimate at-home remedy, Burt's Bees
Don't forget hands and necks.
Be cautious of skin conditions that increase in the winter
Wear Gentle Fabrics