Last Updated on January 8, 2018 by Ellen Christian
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These winter skin care tips will help your skin feel softer and more hydrated even during the colder winter months. While many people suffer from dry winter skin, it can be even more of a challenge for those that are aging due to hormone changes. If you typically have dry skin in the winter, you’re even more likely to suffer from dry winter skin once you hit perimenopause.
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Winter Skin Care Tips for Aging Skin
Somewhere between 40 and 58, most women begin the process of perimenopause. Perimenopause is the stage “leading up to” menopause. Your cycle is less regular and eventually, it will disappear completely. You are officially in menopause when you have not had a cycle for twelve months. This change is the result of hormonal changes which also impact the formation of collagen which is necessary for healthy skin. Here are a few things that you can do to care for aging skin the winter.
To help minimize the impact of cold winter air on your skin, be sure to cover up when you go outside. Wear gloves or mittens to protect your hands and a scarf to help protect your face and neck.
Water is important for so many different areas of your health but it’s very important for healthy skin. Make sure that you are drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. I keep my water bottle on my desk so I remember to drink throughout the day.
Essential Fatty Acids
Increasing your intake of essential fatty acids can help your skin look younger and retain moisture. You can increase your intake of Omega-3s by eating more walnuts, salmon, sardines, flax, and safflower oil.
It’s equally important to remember your sunscreen in the winter as in the summer months. If you’ll be spending any time out in the sun, don’t forget to wear sunscreen. That means before you head out to go skiing, sledding with the kids, or shoveling the driveway, remember to apply a sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher.
Your regular summer body lotion may not provide enough moisture during the dry winter months. In the winter, I use a body butter like The Healthy Body Butter from Lavanila Laboratories. This is an all natural, lightly scented butter that absorbs instantly for deep hydration. It uses 100% pure shea and cocoa butters along with antioxidants goji berry and kakadu plum. The Healthy Body Butter is available in a variety of different scents including Vanilla Lavender which is my favorite. Look for them online or at stores like Sephora.
What are your favorite winter skin care tips?
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes you can feel beautiful at any age and any size. She shares healthy, realistic beauty and fashion information geared toward women over the age of 40. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.