(BPT) - Women across the country, whether based in the snow belt or Sunshine State, notice and feel the effects of cold weather and climate shifts on skin. Plus, 2014 is turning out to be one of the harshest winters to date thanks to the Polar Vortex - a combination of record-setting snowfall and plunging temperatures. Harsh winds, precipitation, dry heat and temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on skin, making the cooler months an ideal time to map out a skin care routine that is rooted in moisturization.
The right facial moisturizers are just the first step in keeping skin looking and feeling beautiful and healthy. Beyond products, a holistic skin care approach - which includes everything from the right diet and working out to maintaining a balanced lifestyle - is a tried-and-true way to achieve glowing skin.
Board certified dermatologist Dr. Debra Luftman is a lifestyle and wellness experts on the Simple Advisory Board. Simple Skincare, a range of facial skin care products sensitive to skin needs, created the board to help women everywhere discover the benefits of a holistic approach to skin care and to look beyond their typical skin care routine. Here are some of Dr. Luftman's easy-to-adapt tips to help women keep their skin smooth, soft and oh-so-moisturized in the cold weather months and beyond.
Be shower savvy
Ditch the overly hot water for a lukewarm temperature so as not to zap much-needed moisture from skin. Post-shower, gently pat skin with a towel (so it is partially dry) before liberally applying a body lotion (look for ingredients like shea and vitamin E to ensure skin stays hydrated). The combination of damp skin and a moisturizing body lotion allows water to be locked into the skin - ultimately creating a 'moisture sandwich' that keeps skin hydrated throughout the day.
Make moisturization a daily priority
While it can be easy to skip facial moisturization in the time-crunched mornings and evenings, it is an essential step in any skin care routine. Moisturizer, when applied to the face, acts as a barrier to water loss - locking in hydration and leaving skin soft and supple. Women can revamp their skin care routine with the new Simple Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer. Its fast-absorbing formula (which is packed with multi-vitamins) delivers a soft and smooth base - creating an ideal surface for makeup application. Additionally, the new Simple Nourishing 24-Hour Day/Night Cream, made with shea butter, is a great option for hydrating thirsty skin.
Think beyond the face
Facial moisturizer should also be applied to the chest, neck and hands as these parts of the body are the first to show the signs of aging. When assessing facial lotion labels, it's important to realize that what is left out is as important as what is put in. Consider products that have no dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh chemicals that can upset skin.
Harness the power of a humidifer
Skin's softness is based on its water content. When there's a lack of water in skin, it can get dry and itchy. Strategically placing humidifiers throughout the home or workplace is an easy way to combat dry air - ultimately helping skin retain its moisture levels. Before heading to bed, place a humidifier in the bedroom and apply a rich facial moisturizer to treat skin to the 'beauty sleep' it deserves.
For more tips on how to maintain beautiful skin in the winter and beyond, as well as additional advice from Dr. Debra Luftman and other Simple Advisory Board members, visit www.simpleskincare.com.