Is it just me or are you really sick of winter too? I am from Utah, and it has been DUMPING snow here for the past few days, or months really. Don’t get me wrong, I love living in a place where I can enjoy all four seasons, but snow is for Christmas. And then it should go away. It probably has something to do with the fact that I am a mom and there are far fewer activities that I can do with the kids during the winter. Also, it’s cold and I fall almost every day walking from my door to the end of the driveway to get Veda off the bus. Not cool! We are getting cabin fever up in here!
Another reason why I’m not the biggest fan of the winter (especially Utah winters) is that it is soooo extremely dry. My skin feels like a rhino and a thirsty rhino at that! I talked a little bit last week about what shampoo I use to keep my hair and scalp hydrated. But what about my skin? I’m about to let you in on some of my secrets!
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
One of the problems with dry skin is that it is usually caused by a build up of dead skin cells. Have you ever thought about that dry scaly skin actually being dead? Because it is! And it is keeping the skin layers underneath it from getting moisture. Exfoliating is essentially getting rid of that dead skin layer. There are so many advantages to regularly exfoliating. Some of the main benefits include reducing fine lines and wrinkles, unclogging pores, improved softness and skin texture, improving circulation, and the products that you are spending money on ACTUALLY working. Imagine that!
Microdermabrasion is one of the best ways to exfoliate the skin. It is something that can be done in a dermatologist office or at a medical spa or salon. Basically, an instrument is used to sand your skin which removes the thicker uneven outer layer. I have had this done professionally and it is AMAZING! It has been known to treat acne and scarring, improve age spots and blackheads, reduce and eliminate large pores, and improve collagen production which results in firmer, more youthful skin. The downside is that it can also be a little costly as one treatment can cost anywhere from $75-200. While I do feel like it is totally worth it, I definitely can’t afford to have it done regularly. I have found some really great at-home microdermabrasion treatments and alternatives!
My very favorite way of exfoliating my skin is by using my PMD (Personal Microderm) once a week, which in all honesty is my favorite beauty tool ever! I could go on and on about it, but ultimately it really deserves it’s own post. So that will be coming soon! Before I had my PMD, I found a few products that I really loved for exfoliating my face.
This has been one of my favorite face masks! I love that it comes straight from the Great Salt Lake and is full of trace minerals and healing elements. I have used it for years! It is so soothing and naturally exfoliates leaving my skin with a radiant glow.
I think that I was given this set as a gift (or maybe I stole it from my mom) but it is a great at home microderm option! I also love that the set includes a hydrating serum for after you exfoliate.
Both products listed above are great for exfoliating, but more often than not I would always go back to my old reliable DIY At Home Microdermabrasion Recipe
3 teaspoons baking soda + 1 teaspoon water
Mix until it becomes a thick paste
Apply to CLEAN skin and rub in a circular motion. Rinse.
That’s it!! So easy and effective!!
You can make a larger batch by following a 3:1 ratio and storing it in an airtight container, adding water as needed. I have also added a little coconut oil in the past for extra hydration as well as essential oils. You can use this paste 1-2 times a week depending on your skin sensitivity. As a side note, please don’t use the baking soda that is currently absorbing all the weird food smells in your refrigerator. I mean, if it’s all you have then ok. Go for it. But nobody likes a casserole face so… maybe buy some designated face baking soda in the future!
As with anything, too much of a good thing is… well…. bad. So make sure you aren’t overdoing it. Sometimes by exfoliating too much you can cause dehydrated skin or increase breakouts because you are irritating the skin. I recommend exfoliating 1-2 times a week.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
The next most important thing that you can do for your skin is hydrate it! First, you need to be drinking LOTS of water. Take your weight, divide it in half and that is the number in ounces that you should be drinking every day at the very least! I have found that downloading water reminder apps on my phone really helps me remember to keep drinking throughout the day! It isn’t easy, but your skin will be thanking you for it!
I am VERY picky about moisturizers. I have acne prone skin, and I also don’t like it when my face feels greasy. For a very long time I believed that using a moisturizer on my face would cause more breakouts. This couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, not using a moisturizer can send a signal to the skin to produce more oil, causing MORE breakouts! Please don’t skip the moisturizer!! Below are my tried and true favorite moisturizers for my face and body. Some are a little heavier than others but they all will make your skin feel like butter!
Moisturizers For Your Face
I have also been using this serum for several years, and while it is a little more pricey, it has made such a difference in my skin!
Moisturizers For Your Body
I hope that this post is helpful in giving you some ideas of how to best take care of your skin in this dry winter weather! Do you have any favorite moisturizers or products to help you get through the winter? Let us know in the comments below!