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Soft, Touchable Winter Skin

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Winter can be a great time for romance.  Snowflakes, fireplace, cuddles, staying indoors; in fact, unless you’re an avid skier, romance might be your number one wintertime activity!  However, winter may not be a great time for skin. Here are some tips for maintaining soft touchable skin this winter.

When temperatures drop, so too does the humidity. Between the dry air and indoor heating, your skin is likely to suffer.  Linda Gold Stein, MD and clinical research director for the dermatology department at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital says, “Once weather starts to change, I see patients coming in complaining of dry, itchy skin.”

Humidifier

One of the most effective things you can do to combat moisture loss in to install a humidifier.  Humidity levels should be set at 45 5to 55% and the temperature to 68 degrees. It is also a good idea to seal in moisture before going outside by protecting your mouth, hands and face with a scarf and gloves.

Avoid Steamy Showers

As Stein Gold puts it, “I know it feels wonderful to stand in a really hot shower…but it can dry out the natural oils in our skin more quickly.” A quick cool cleanse will solve that problem. Keep water temperature lukewarm and try to get in and out in five minutes.  This should give you enough time to clean without moisture loss.

Avoid Drying Soaps

When it comes to soaps and cleanser free is the key.  Stein Gold recommends “a mild, fragrance free soap that moisturizes as it cleanses.”

Lock In Moisture

Showering brings moisture to the skin, but drying off immediately after strips skin of that moisture. Nanette Silverberg, MD, dermatology professor at Colombia University says, “The surface of your skin absorbs some of the water, which will be lost if you don’t seal it in.”  Stein Gold recommends towel drying, but leaving skin a bit damp and applying moisturizer to skin while it is still moist.

Look for formulas that contain ceramide for sensitive skin and lactic acid, urea, dimethicone or petroleum jelly for dry skin to seal in moisture and strengthen your skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer on your face, which won’t cause breakouts or clog pores and look for an SPF of 30.

Go Soft

Avoid scrubby sponges and loofahs.  According to Silverberg, “Friction strips the skin and enhances the dryness.”  Her advice?  Go with your hands or a soft wash cloth.  They should do the trick without drying your skin.

How do you keep your skin supple in the winter?  Let us know what you do to seal in moisture and keep skin touchable.

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Winter Foods That Help Your Skin

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It seems apparent that whoever determined the traditional holiday menu was not too concerned with skin care. High salt and sugar content are no strangers to the winter table and no friends to your skin.  However, there is still plenty more winter to go, and plenty of winter foods to keep your skin glowing.

Olive Oil

How else do you think the Italian women combat the fierce winds from the Mediterranean? Olive oil is great for your skin all year long, and is essential when winter dryness sets in.  With loads of vitamin A and E in addition to natural fatty acids, olive oil is a key ingredient for skin hydration. For authentic Italian skincare, look for products that contain olive oil, or use extra virgin olive oil in foods and dressings.

Grapefruit

Citrus is great for everything in the cold weather, your skin included.  The Vitamin C in grapefruit protects skin from radical damage, while the lycopene keeps skin smooth. Grapefruit is also high in potassium to help prevent age spots and wrinkles caused by UV rays and amino acids, which will keep skin smooth and soft. Eat the wonder fruit for breakfast, or in fruit salad, or drink its juice on a regular basis.

Avocado

Avocado has vitamins A, C, and E as well as mono- saturated fats to help skin maintain moisture.  It also contains magnesium, potassium, and folic acid, which all contribute to the general health of your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. And besides, what doesn’t taste better with avocado?

Carrots

Carrots are a great source of antioxidants like Vitamin A which keep skin vibrant, prevent pigmentation, and keep the skin tone even.  They also contain carotenoids, like lycopene and beta-carotene, which protect against UV rays, and potassium, which helps skin lock in moisture. Carrot juice can be great on its own or blended into a veggie smoothie, while raw carrots can add some crunch to almost any salad.

Broccoli

Although broccoli has seemed to have take a backseat to its more glamorous cruciferous cousins, its effects on the skin should not be underestimated. Packed with vitamins A and C, and natural estrogens, the vegetable stimulates collagen, strengthens the skin cell membrane and prevents UV damage. Broccoli also contains B vitamins to eliminate dry, flaky patches commonly associated with winter skin. Try it roasted or steamed for optimal nutritional benefits.

Almonds

A handful of almonds are a great energy boost that can do wonders for the skin.  The vitamin E in the nuts will protect skin from the sun and may also contain anti-aging properties to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Let us know what you’re eating to keep your skin beautiful this winter!  We love to hear from you!

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Challenges of Winter Skin

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We all know that winter weather can be a challenge mentally and physically.  It can drain our spirit and cause us physical discomfort.  While we may be tough enough to withstand a little pain, our delicate skin may not be as able to defend itself without a little help.  Let’s take a look at what you can do to help your skin survive the cold weather and remain glowing and resilient.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is one of the most common challenges associated with winter weather.  Dr. Chris Adigun, MD at the department of dermatology at the NYU Medical Dept., suggests switching to a heavier moisturizer. He recommends lotions in jars or tubes over pump formulas, which are often diluted with alcohol and water. Shower with lukewarm, not hot, water, keep showers short, use a gentle cleanser, and apply lotion while your skin is still damp. Adigun also advises skipping the washcloth saying, “you don’t need to lather up and scrub all over your body – all that does is remove your skin’s natural oils.”

Flaky Skin

Severe dryness can cause skin to flake, even if you are using moisturizer.   To remove your skin’s damaged top layer, use an exfoliating face wash.  If you notice excessive dryness, try to keep exfoliating down to once or twice weekly.

Chapped Lips

Cracked, dry skin can appear on your lips as well as your cheeks. Lip balms with vitamins A and E, beeswax, cocoa butter, dimethicone or petrolatum can help, but you can make it even more effective by moistening your lips with cool water before you apply it. Marina Peredo, MD says dampening your lips will make the top layer of skin more permeable and can help seal in hydration.

Dealing with Eczema and Psoriasis

If you are prone to psoriasis and eczema flareups, it can be hard to keep skin moist in the winter. Take short lukewarm showers and pat yourself dry rather than rubbing.  Apply moisturizer immediately. Dr. Gary Goldenberg, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, recommends over the counter or prescription hydrocortisone cream to treat flareups and experts advise avoiding stress and getting a flu shot to keep immune function strong. Also, because low levels of sunlight can worsen psoriasis phototherapy with a UV light can be helpful in the winter.

If You Are An Outdoor Person

 If you are a skier or runner, you need to take extra precaution when it comes to protecting your skin. Dr. Goldenberg says, “For those people, it’s actually smart to put something like Aquaphor or Vaseline on their skin before they go out.” And don’t forget the outside and inside of the nostrils to help keep nasal passages from drying out. Broad spectrum sunscreens are important too, especially at high altitudes where the air is thinner and UV rays are stronger, especially if you are surrounded by sun-reflecting snow.

What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to winter skin issues?  Let us know all about how you deal with winter skin challenges when it comes to braving the cold.

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Winter Beauty

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To celebrate the Winter Beauty Theme, Resveralife offers you with an exciting Live Well Article that has been titled “Live Well: Safe Exercise Routines for the Winter Months”. This article helps you learn more about the best and safest exercises that can help you protect and maintain your body during the winter months.

We are extremely excited about an article titled “The A – Z of Winter Skin Care” that is scheduled to appear on Vine Vera Cosmetics later on in the week. Vine Vera reveals the top tips of taking care of your skin in this A – Z Winter Skin Care Article and saves you from getting bogged down due to the cold weather. Don’t forget to check out this exciting Vine Vera article to protect your skin from the drying effects of winter.

Another Vine Vera website to watch out for is How to Use Vine Vera. This website shall be celebrating our Winter Beauty Theme throughout the week by offering you with a 7 part “Winter Beauty Guide”, wherein each part helps you to understand how to deal with different aspects of your winter skin care routine.  The website shall be posting an article for different aspects of your skin care routines each day – Cleansing, Moisturizing, Exfoliating, Facial Masks, Things to Remember for Winter Skin, Dealing with Different Skin Types during the Winter Months and Winter Beauty FAQs.

Vine Vera WordPress is slated to come out with an article titled “Vine Vera Beauty Hacks”. Vine Vera understands your need to spend those precious minutes in front of the mirror during the mornings, but there are a number of beauty products that can be used for things that go above and beyond the purpose that they are intended for. This article from Vine Vera Skincare acquaints you with the best beauty hacks that can help you get through your morning routines faster and have a moment of peace during that super hectic morning schedule.

Finally, Vine Vera Stores is scheduled to come out with an article titled “Top 10 Most Beautiful Winter Destinations for Nature Lovers”. If you’re a nature lover and love to travel to exciting destinations around the world, this article shall acquaint you with the most beautiful destinations to visit this winter season. So pack your bags, book your tickets and get going.