Looking Ahead to Spring to Boost the Winter Blahs
I know I’m sounding like a bit of a broken record, but, boy, I’m looking forward to spring and more daylight, less rain (we needed it badly, I know, and now I think we’re good), and warmer weather.
As we all know, the winter weather can play havoc with your skin. The silver lining to our rainy Northern California winter is that all the humidity has been kinder to our skin than in some parts of the country where the winter weather is very dry and cold. Your skin takes a beating during the winter, even with the silver lining of humidity. As spring approaches, there are some steps you can take to help your skin recover from winter and be spring and summer-ready. I have used all of these products for at least a year and believe they truly have made a difference in my skin’s health and appearance.
Something that I’ve added to my skincare regime that has really seemed to help with dry skin this winter is to integrate facial oils. Since incorporating facial oil, areas that were a little dry and flaky this winter have pretty much disappeared. If you’d like to give this a try, start gradually and try using face oil a few times a week rather than every day to see how your skin reacts. I’ve read that facial oils are not just for dry skin but work for all skin types, and can actually be beneficial for oily skin. Again, with any new skincare product, transition gradually to see how it works for you and how you like it.
Have you ever thought about how much exposure to sun and the elements your hands endure? Your face and hands are the most exposed skin on your body. We are very conscientious about protecting the skin on our faces with sunscreens and moisturizers. But are you being as kind to your hands? Age spots are the result of years of sun exposure, and the backs of your hands are one of the most common places it happens. Here’s a way to keep your hands looking youthful. I’ve been doing this for a couple of years and have been really surprised at the results.
Every morning I apply Rodan + Fields Redefine Brightening Hand Treatment to the backs of my hands. I am convinced that this product has had an impact on the appearance of the skin on the backs of my hands. Although this is anecdotal, the skin appears bright and there are no visible signs of aging, e.g., age spots.
To be sure the product is ending up where it’s most needed, on the backs of my hands rather than the palms, I apply to the back of one hand, then rub the backs of both hands together.
Every time I get in my car, I use sunscreen on the backs of my hands. You may not really think about this, but the backs of your hands get a lot of sun exposure while you are driving, and it’s a good time to be reminded to apply protection. I keep sunscreen in my car door pocket and it reminds me each time I get in the car to put it on. To make this routine super simple, you can use stick sunscreen, which can be easier to control during application.
Here’s a tip: To avoid that greasy-hands feeling, apply sunscreen to the back of one hand, then rub the backs of both hands together. Your palms never need to touch the sunscreen.
As we travel on our timelines, age spots on the backs of hands are almost a given (think about this if you are young enough not to have experienced this yet!). At an age that most people have hand age spots, my hands are spot-free. I can’t think of any reason other than this daily routine that explains the lack of age spots on the backs of my hands. And it’s never too early to begin this daily habit. The younger you start, the better the results and appearance of your skin later!
This product is pretty amazing. With regular use (I use it nightly rather than the suggested twice a day), it does an amazing job of keeping feet soft and sandal-ready. I first learned about this product about 18 months ago from a pedicurist who was using it in her salon. I figured that was a pretty good endorsement and after I tried it, I had to agree that the results were impressive.
Have you ever noticed your skin, particularly on your legs and arms, looking very dry and a little scaly? The remedy for this dry skin condition is Amlactin Daily Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy lotion. Amlactin contains 12% lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid, which boosts exfoliation and moisturizes. It really works and results in smooth looking skin. I’ve been using it for a number of years and I swear it is the answer to summer-ready legs.
Note: Alpha-Hydroxy acids may increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun and to sunburn. Be sure to wear sunscreen while using this lotion.
I’m not a big user of self-tanners and I’ve never yet had a spray tan, although I considered it before a trip to Hawaii about a year ago. The reason I didn’t go ahead with the spray tan was because I’d been using Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, and it was doing a pretty good job of giving me a natural looking tan.
There are two shades: Light to Medium and Medium to Dark. I’m pretty fair skinned during the winter, so I started out with the Light to Medium. It was very easy to use and the results were nice – healthy looking and subtle. So subtle, that I decided to try the Medium to Dark. I was really happy with the ease of use and the results. And I really felt like it gave me enough color to forgo the spray tan.
Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) oil is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree. It is unique in that, unlike most other vegetable oils, it closely resembles sebum, a waxy substance produced by our skin glands, so it can act as a natural skin conditioner. It contains almost all of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin and hair: vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium. Jojoba oil is noncomedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores.
Jojoba oil is a multi-purpose remedy for winter-weary skin and hair. It can be used as a facial moisturizer, a cuticle conditioner, hand and body moisturizer, makeup remover, hair conditioner, even as a shaving gel. It absorbs very quickly compared to other types of oils.
Jojoba oil is easy to find and reasonably price. I usually buy it at Trader Joe’s, but if you prefer to shop online, it’s available from Amazon.
It’s Not Too Early to Add Some Spring Color and Style to Your Wardrobe!
You can put some color in the gray winter days by adding some spring transitional pieces to your closet now. Here are some fun looks that will work for the colder days, brighten up your outfits, and still be great during spring time and even summer! Take the 2017 Pantone spring color palette when you shop.