Skin Care

By Nicole Cornella

As the days get shorter and the temperatures begin to drop on the streets of New York, we immediately change our wardrobe and begin the transformation from flip flops to socks and boots. We grab our hats and wrap scarves around our necks and begin our preparation for the cold winter months to come. Often we forget that although we alter our daily routine in terms of layering on clothes and grabbing a pair of gloves, we also need to prepare our skin for the harsh city winds that leaves skin feeling dry, chapped and irritated.

Every immediate response to combating cold weather is to moisturize, spa treatments, oils and more. However, there are easier ways to fight off the frigid air and non-traditional, non-topical products that will prepare your skin for colder climates.

First and foremost, there are the no-brainers:

Drink plenty of water and load up on vitamins. Water not only hydrates the body, but it also will hydrate your skin whereas caffeinated beverages will strip moisture. A simple multi-vitamin rich in vitamins B, C and E is essential, or try a Super Juice packet from David Kirsch Wellness. According to Stephanie Maxwell, leading beauty expert and spa owner, the supplement from Kirsch adds antioxidant-rich green tea, bone building coral calcium, vitamin-C, and herbs such as ginger, aloe vera and chlorophyll from spirulina marine algae for eye and skin health. A package of 30 is $40.00 at http://www.davidkirschwellness.com.

Don’t toss the SPF just yet. UV rays are UV rays, no matter how you look at it. Keep the SPF out or switch to a daily moisturizer that has at least an SPF15 already built in.

Say “no” to the bubbly. As cold as the city streets can be, coming home to indulge in a nice hot bubble bath or shower can be quite enticing. However, the intense heat of a hot shower or bath will only lead to drying out skin. Instead, opt for a warm shower and apply creams and lotions within in 15 minutes of a nice soak. The moisture from the water will help lock in the creams and lotions applied. We love the TriXera Emollient Balm from Avene which smoothes out dry flakey skin and keeps skin soft to the touch. Available at http://www.dermstore.com

Now, for the unconventional:

How about an edible beauty accessory? Doctor-developed, BeautyScoop is an edible alternative for prepping your skin for winter. BeautyScoop is clinically proven to provide smooth, supple skin as well as building strong nails and shiny hair. How does it work? BeautyScoop provides readily absorbable peptides in sufficient doses over a short period of time, which in turn jumpstarts the body’s own natural biochemical processes and boosts it own regenerative power. With as little as one to three packs a day, you will see results. It’s easy to use: simply mix the pack into 6-8 ounces of your choice of a hot or cold beverage and consume within a half hour. A 21-day supply is $95.00 and is available at http://www.beautyscoop.com.

Everybody wants the recipe for great skin. What are the key ingredients to smooth away fine lines or heal dry skin? What if there was a cookbook that did just that? Elizabeth TenHouten, a beauty and skincare expert introduces her book, Cooking Well: Beautiful Skin. Not only does the book provide recipes that are high in anti-oxidants to help achieve beautiful skin, it also dishes out “Beauty Bytes,” which are do-it-yourself at home treatments. Spa treatments can cost hundreds of dollars, but TenHouten provides at-home options for a fraction of the cost.

TenHouten’s “Winter Beauty Byte” is just what you need for a DIY treatment. All you have to do is pop open the pantry and grab a few ingredients. Honey is a natural moisturizer and will help build up your skins tolerance to the outdoor elements. Lemon is rich in Vitamin C, which is known to increase the moisture content of your skin by thickening it and coconut oil has high levels of antioxidants to add a glow to your skin. Take one teaspoon of honey, one teaspoon of fresh squeezed organic lemon juice and one tablespoon coconut oil and combine and mix all ingredients in a bowl. Apply to face and let absorb for a good fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water followed by a splash of cold water to seal the pores. Save the remaining treatment by storing in the refrigerator and use daily. For more information visit http://www.elizabethtenhouten.com.

Originally published November 2009
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