Our skin is the largest organ we have, covering, literally, our entire bodies. It’s also the only organ we have that is exposed to the outside elements like weather and day-to-day living. So it’s only natural that it can become damaged and tired simply due to our environment.
Because many of us live in climates that vary from season to season, we may have different skin care needs every few months. But the Golden Rule should be noted — use a year-round broad spectrum sunscreen every day.
So now let’s look at all four seasons and see what special needs each one carries.
Winter is the season where many women have trouble with their skin. Broad-spectrum sunscreen is still important, especially if partaking in snow play and sports. But this is the season where moisturizer is really needed as the cold, snow and harshness of winter will cause skin to dry and crack, and can actually be very painful.
Switch your moisturizing lotions to thick creams. One or two night a week, use a thick, unscented cream all over your body before bed and cover in cotton pajamas. Your skin will feel amazingly soft from being swathed in good moisturizer for eight hours.
If you have dry, cracked feet, cover them fully in white petroleum jelly before bed and wear cotton socks. The difference in the morning is incredible. Do this at least once a week to keep your body and feet feeling hydrated.
Your face will also need special care. Most of your body will be covered in the cold months but your face will often be exposed to the harsh elements. Use a good moisturizing cream at night and use it on your neck and chest, too. Cleanse, tone and moisturize at night, using products that promote moisture. When cooking those great winter comfort foods, use olive or coconut oil.
Don't forget your hands and lips — two body parts that can become very chapped in winter. Wear gloves when you go out.
Remember hearing that Cleopatra used to take milk baths? She was a smart woman.