#1 Not using lip balm and licking your lips.
Just like the skin on your face, the cold winter air can affect the skin on the lips causing them to get dry. When this occurs, licking your lips may provide temporary relief- but did you know this leaves the skin drier than it was before? The best way to fix and heal dry, cracked lips is to use a well formulated, conditioning lip balm and apply it to your lips throughout the day. To exfoliate dryness, try Beauticontrol’s Lip Apeel!
#2 Don’t skip sunscreen!
The UVA rays are almost the same strength from summer to winter, and can penetrate through clouds and windows in your home, car or office. A moisturizer (with sunscreen!) should be applied to your skin every day of the year if you are serious about protecting your skin from the damaging rays. UV light is the #1 cause of premature skin aging- sunscreen is the best anti-aging product you will ever use. Also, UV rays can interfere with skin-barrier function and prevent skin from maintaining proper moisture levels. Try BC SPA Facial Defend & Restore Moisture Lotion SPF 20
#3 OVER moisturizing.
When the skin is dry and flaky on your face, using more moisturizer may be wasteful since it can only absorb so much. In addition, for blemish-prone skin types, too much moisturizer may cause congestion, bumps and breakouts.
#4 Not adjusting your skin care routine.
Our skin, like our bodies, is constantly changing. Add in a drop in the weather temperature, and this will effect your skin. You must make certain that you are using the right products to adapt to your skin’s changing needs. If your skin doesn’t feel comfortable, then your routine simply isn’t working and it is time to change it up.
#5 Not sealing in moisture fast.
Because the air is so dry in the winter, it looks for water wherever it can get it and this means taking it from your skin at its most vulnerable time after cleansing. When you wash your face, your skin is damp with water afterwards and since water acts like a magnet, it will attract water out from the deep layers of the skin and evaporate into the dry air. The result is even tighter, drier skin. After cleansing, when your skin is still damp, immediately apply moisturizer so your skin can stay moist and hydrated. If your “regular” daily lotion is not enough in the winter, try BC SPA Facial Defend & Restore Creme SPF 20.