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Quench Dry Thirsty Winter Skin

Quench Dry Thirsty Winter Skin

By Kristen Floyd

It’s the time of year when wind can be icy cold, and heat indoors is turned up high.  Both of these extremes can wreak havoc on skin leaving it dry, tight, and begging for moisture.   There are several easy steps you can take to treat your skin with a little extra TLC this winter season.  First, make sure you’re using an appropriate cleanser morning and night; your skin should not feel tight after cleansing.  For more mature skin, or extremely dry skin, a milky creamy cleanser is best.  For sensitive, combination, or even oily skin, an oil cleanser that transforms to gentle foam while cleansing, will remove makeup and impurities yet leave skin with its own natural moisture.  Once you’ve properly cleansed the skin, the next step is a toner.  Toner is an important step; it restores the pH balance of skin so that the moisturizer that follows can be properly absorbed.  Toners come in several varieties for each skin type, such as a calming toner for sensitive skin or an anti-aging toner for more mature skin.  Toner is also a great way to set your makeup once you’ve finished applying, or as a spritz to refresh and rehydrate the skin throughout the day.  After toner, you should follow with an appropriate moisturizer for your skin type.  Sometimes this might even include two different versions, one for AM and one for PM.  For AM choose one that is focused on hydration and thicker than your fall moisturizer, yet absorbs relatively quickly.  For PM choose one that is focused on anti-aging, and thicker or heavier.  At night your skin goes into “repair” mode and can handle a much thicker, more active moisturizer resulting in quicker benefits to your skin.  Two more easy ways to boost the moisture content of your thirsty skin are a hydrating serum, and a thick creamy moisturizing mask.  The hydrating serum can be applied underneath your current moisturizer to boost its efficacy and increase the hydration level of the skin due to its highly concentrated ingredients.  A thick, creamy, moisturizing mask can be used 2-3 times weekly on freshly cleansed skin and left on for the recommended amount of time.  Simply rinse off and then follow with your toner and appropriate daytime or nighttime moisturizer.  Lastly, don’t forget to finish your daytime skincare routine with an SPF.  This is important year round, and will protect your skin from damaging UV rays that are prevalent and drying even in these winter months.  We bundle up to keep warm in the winter by adding extra layers, gloves, scarves and hats…don’t forget to protect your skin with extra layers of moisture and hydration. 

Kristen Floyd is an Esthetician, Makeup Artist & Bridal Makeup Specialist at Tranquille Hair & Body in Towson.  She provides facials, chemical peels, waxing, makeup, eyelash extensions and spray tans.  She was named one of Baltimore’s Best for Eyelash Extensions in 2013 by CBS Baltimore.  She is also the writer of the bi-monthly column Beauty Breakdown with Kristen in B Woman Magazine.  Follow her work and view her portfolio on her Facebook page, Makeup and Skin by Kristen Floyd https://www.facebook.com/pages/Makeup-and-Skin-by-Kristen-Floyd/105091762909028?ref=hl.  View the salon and a complete list of services offered at tranquillehairandbody.com.  To reach Kristen directly, email her at makeupbykristen@live.com.
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