My Plan To Get My Skin Through The Changing Seasons And Frigid Temperatures

It is prime picture-taking time, after all.

Nov 18, 2013 at 4:00pm | Leave a comment

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Why is it that just as holiday party/picture-taking season begins, my skin spirals into a place I'd rather not have anyone see, let alone be documented in perpetuity. 

Like sure, let's make out under the mistletoe. My apologies if my skin slightly resembles an alligator. I’m sure we’ll last 'til New Years Eve. Totally.

So here's what I'm going to do to try to keep my skin in check.

Moisturizing My Soul Out. If I had a soul -- the holiday season is enough to make that a dark, twisty memory. Throughout last week’s out-of-nowhere arctic wave, I slathered on Nivea Extended Moisture Body Lotion and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream like if I didn't there would never be another cream in my hands again. The more moisturizing going on, the better chance our skin cells have of rebuilding and maintaining elasticity as everything outside in the atmosphere goes haywire. 

Saying Goodbye To Hot Showers. I LOVE the feeling of a hot shower, but it’s MAJORLY drying out my skin. Hot water also makes it more prone to irritation. I’m trying to take shorter showers with lukewarm water, as much as it makes me want to kill someone. Also, unless I’m hardcore working out – which, let's be honest, I’m not – it’s best to limit showers to once daily as the more contact you have with soap and water, the drier your skin will be.

Stop Shivering -- It's Not Sexy. I can’t tell you how often I walk through the streets holding one glove so I can tweet, and wearing my head uncovered so that I won’t have hat hair at my destination. Since chances are you are forgetting to moisturize your ears (and maybe even your hands?!) – this is double the reason that the frost bite you are about to give yourself is not cute. Neither are the red ears I have had for three concurrent winters.

Solve The Humidifier Conundrum. So, you guys, a situation: Heating blasts dry, hot air through your home. That sucks for your skin. Humidifiers will get more moisture in the air, which is awesome for your skin. However, it’s terrible for my hair. So, do I save my skin and sacrifice my hair? It’s like beauty Sophie’s Choice. Still not clear on that one. 

Stop With The Crap. Isn’t it hilarious how the season that we are supposed to constantly look adorable in photos is JUST when we’re also everywhere drinking and eating loads of junk? Obviously processed foods and those loaded with vegetable oils and fat are going to make me not fit into my jeans, but they are terrible for my skin as well. I’m trying to at the least work in a salad every day for lunch –- one full of as many rainbows of veggies as I can imagine. They are loaded with antioxidants, which may help boost the vitamins we need to replenish our collagen. (Good news! The resveratrol in red wine can help with this as well!) 

Hydrate. And I don’t mean coffee by day, wine by night, which is my traditional routine. My lips are always dry, and I know that the night after drinking, I’ll have a dull headache that only ridiculous amounts of water will absolve. Once you realize you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated, and if you are feeling that thirst, your skin is too. I’m trying to always have a bottle of water with me, and drink a full glass first thing in the morning, and before bed at night. It’s nice to not be thirsty, and perhaps eat a bit less as well, and maybe while nutrients are staying in, toxins will keep their asses out.

What are you doing this winter to keep your skin healthy?