Winter-Weather Skin-Care Tips

Now that the weather’s turned chilly, Jack Frost won’t just nip your nose; he’ll go after your cheeks, your hands — pretty much anywhere your skin is exposed. But with these easy seasonal alterations to your skin-care routine, you’ll preserve your smooth, soft, supple skin and beat Jack Frost at his own game.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most sun damage in women occurs before the age of 18, but it’s never too late to start a protective skin-care routine. And it’s just as important in winter as in summer. Use a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunblock of at least SPF 15. For best effectiveness, give your skin 30 minutes to absorb the block before applying foundation. And don’t forget your ears, neck and lips.

Although winter’s wind and cold may have a drying effect on your face, now is not the time to skip exfoliating! Look for a product, such as Olay® Daily Facials Lathering Cleansing Cloths — Hydrating for Normal to Dry Skin, to gently remove the dead outer layers of skin, and keep that fresh and glowing look. Exfoliating once a week with a scrub, and once per day with a textured cloth, should keep your skin looking radiant.

You may not shave your legs as frequently during the colder months, but there are a couple things to keep in mind when you do to keep that skin soft and supple and prevent drying.

  • Soak in the tub for a minimum of two to three minutes, and up to 15 minutes, before shaving your legs (soaking for more than 15 minutes can wrinkle your skin, and prevent a really smooth shave).
  • After washing your legs to remove the body’s natural oils, thickly lather your legs with a moisturizing shave gel such as Gillette® for Women SatinCare®, which is enriched with skin conditioners that leave skin satiny smooth.
  • Shave with a fresh blade, such as a Gillette Venus® Embrace™ Razor, towel dry, and moisturize your legs thoroughly afterward.

How to Revamp Your Skin-Care Routine for Winter

Your body might be covered by woven sweaters and warm turtlenecks this winter, but your face is still visible. Protecting your skin from cold, dry air and wind that sap moisture should be part of your winter beauty routine. But how can you prevent the chapping, cracking and uncomfortable tightness? Try these tips to get your skin winter-ready, and keep it looking youthful and healthy all season long.

Remember Sunscreen and Moisturizer

You might be bundled up from head to toe when outdoors, but your fragile facial skin still needs protection from the sun’s rays. Use a moisturizer with at least SPF 15, such as Olay® Total Effects® Fragrance-Free UV Moisturizer — SPF 15 or CoverGirl Smoothers® SPF 15 Tinted Moisture Moisturizer, every day. If you’re hitting the slopes, wear a higher-SPF sunscreen to prevent a nasty sunburn from the sun’s reflection off of the snow.

Be sure to find the right moisturizer for you. Drying wind and recycled indoor air can have even people with oily skin searching for hydrating skin care. Ask yourself if you need heavy-duty moisture or something lighter. Also, be sure to use a noncomedogenic lotion to help avoid breakouts. Your dermatologist can provide you with a diagnosis of your skin type and steer you in the right direction. Ask for his or her advice, and for tips to decipher complicated ingredient labels.

On cold winter nights, try Olay Regenerist® Night Resurfacing Elixir. It’s as effective as a light chemical peel.*

* Equivalent exfoliation versus a 30% glycolic acid light peel in 7 days

And don’t forget about your lips: Use a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher.

Don’t Drain the Hot-Water Tank

A long, hot shower might be irresistible on a cold winter day, but the natural moisturizing lipids it strips from your skin are nearly irreplaceable. Take shorter, warm showers, and lightly pat your skin dry. Applying moisturizer while your skin is still damp helps to trap in moisture.

Humidify Your Surroundings

If your heating system doesn’t have a humidifier, consider buying a Vicks® Humidifier for your home. Humidifiers help keep your skin from drying out and also can help prevent chapped lips and dry, itchy eyes.

Drink Plenty of Water and Green Tea

Remember, water is the first secret to beautiful skin, so make sure you’re drinking at least eight glasses daily. PUR® water filtration systems can help you remove contaminants that might be in your tap water.

To warm up on a chilly day and help add radiance to your skin, have a cup of hot green tea. Green tea contains powerful antioxidants that might help decrease some negative effects of aging on the body.

How to Get Sun Tanned Skin in The Winter?

Exploring Your Sunless Tanning Options

It’s no secret that a sun-kissed glow is a must-have accessory for most women during the summertime. And it’s also no secret that UV rays are damaging to your skin — and increasingly harmful as your skin thins and ages. What may not be so well-known is how easy it is today to get a smooth, even and radiant tan using sunless tanning options. (Good riddance to the days of blotching, streaking and smearing!) From salon treatments to spray-tanning booths to creams and lotions, we’ll tell you how to get a gorgeous summer glow.

Spray-Tanning Booths

Many tanning salons today offer spray-tanning booths. For a reasonable price and little effort, you can walk in almost any time of day, spend about 30 minutes total, and walk out with the beginning of a tan. This method coats your body evenly and dries quickly. You’ll see full results within a few hours.

How it works

Spray-tanning booths work by delivering an even coating of the chemical DHA (dihydroxyacetone) to your skin using spraying machines located inside enclosed booths. DHA works by interacting with dead cells on the surface of your skin to darken skin color, simulating a tan.

Are there risks?

DHA is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cosmetic application, but it is approved only for external use. DHA is not approved for eye and lip areas, and should not be inhaled or ingested. Before using a spray-tanning booth, the FDA advises asking if your eyes and lips will be protected, and whether you will be protected from inhaling or ingesting the spray. If the answer is no, you should look for another salon.

How long does it last?

Your tan usually lasts for several days.

Before you arrive …

Take a shower and exfoliate your skin with a cotton washcloth. Don’t apply moisturizer or lotion.

Salon Airbrush Tanning

Some salons offer a foolproof sunless tanning option — airbrush tanning. Using an airbrush, a professional sprays your body with the same tanning product you’d get in a spray-tan booth (DHA). This method is more expensive, but the benefits are an even tan and the peace of mind of knowing a trained professional is in charge of perfecting your tan.

How it works

During an airbrush tan, a salon technician covers your eyes and lips and sprays a coat of DHA onto your skin using a spray compressor. A natural-looking tan will appear within a few hours and usually lasts for a few days.

Are there risks?

The benefit of airbrushing is that it results in an even tan, while reducing the risk of inhalation and eye and lip exposure.

How long does it last?

Your tan usually lasts for a few days.

Before you arrive …

The cost of an airbrush tan usually includes a salon skin-exfoliation treatment to prepare the skin. So unlike spray-booth tanning, you don’t need to exfoliate before you go.

Self-Tanning Products

Today’s self-tanning options include lotions, foams, sprays and creams. From designer to drug-store brands, today’s self-tanning products make it easy to get a tan in the comfort of your own home — for a lot less money than a professional salon. As with spray-booth tanning and airbrush tanning, you will get more even results if you exfoliate your skin with a scrub brush or loofah before the tanner is applied. Simply apply the product evenly over your skin. You may want to try Olay® Touch of Sun Body Lotion for lasting moisturization with a touch of self-tanner for a sun-kissed glow.

How it works

Like spray-booth and airbrush tanning, self-tanners contain DHA.

Are there risks?

Self-tanners are theoretically safer than spray tans since the risks of inhalation are dramatically reduced.

How long does it last?

The results will appear within a few hours, and will last several days.