Growing up in the incredibly cold winter weather state of Wisconsin, I know something about protecting skin from the elements. Even though we made the big move from the North to the South years ago, our family still battles with all the dry skin issues that I did as a child and unfortunately, since I’ve become more (ahem, stumble around how I state this) “mature” in my age, dry skin has become my nemesis and I want to avoid all that comes with it. Not only do I have to change the type of make up I’ve used for a decade, I also have to adjust moisturizers.
While I don’t claim to be a miracle worker or have found the cure to stop my aging skin, I have learned some skin care tips that have dramatically improved my skin struggles (and helped slow those wrinkles).
Hydrate (and Humidify)
As soon as the heater gets cranked up in the house, it’s just natural for our skin to begin drying out. Immediate prevention occurs when we increase our water intake, which is just good for all around healthy and something I struggle with on a regular basis anyhow. Drinking enough water is so important. We also went and purchased a humidifier. Yes, we did. Since heaters blast dry air all day long, we added a humidifier to increase the moisture in the air, also helping with dry throats etc. I have oil diffusers, which double as small humidifiers, placed in our bedrooms and have essential oils diffusing at night.
For some reason, I’ve never been good about this, yet I know the importance of getting off that extra layer of dry skin, especially as I age (sigh).
Did you know that nearly two-thirds of U.S. women report that the older they get, the more difficult it is to keep their skin moisturized, plus they feel an average of six years older when their skin is dry and dull? Yes, I get that.
It’s true that as we get older, the skin’s natural renewal cycle slows down and can cause dead cells to build up on the skin’s surface, giving it a rougher texture and dull appearance. Oil glands also become less active, which can make it harder to retain moisture in the skin. Depending on one’s skin type, exfoliation should occur at least one to three times a week. I do double duty in the shower, and exfoliate my body and face when the steam has opened my pores. I know how important this is for my face, especially as wrinkles begin to set in. It’s one reason, I’ve enjoyed partnering with the AmLactin and using their Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care products. Its unique exfoliating and hydrating alpha-hydroxy therapy gently removes dead skin cells to reveal soft, hydrated skin. It’s the difference between skin care and skin therapy.
Avoid Long, Hot Showers and Moisturize Immediately
This is one tip I haven’t been able to adhere to very well, since there’s nothing I like more than soaking with hot, hot water on my skin for a LONG time. The problem which occurs is it leads to a loss of moisture and more dry skin. Short, warm showers are best, but the key is to moisturize as soon as you get out. When I worked at a hair salon years ago, the esthetician instructed me to just “towel off,” don’t dry my skin completely, and then work in the moisturizer immediately. I keep the AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion on our counter so I can easily grab it throughout the day to moisturize. It absorbs easily and leaves my skin looking and feeling soft and smooth. When I’m struggling with severe dry areas and even cracks, the AmLactin Ultra Hydrating Body Cream has been an unbelievable product find.
I’ve mentioned on here that I am a big believer in investing a little more in quality skin care, and this rich, thick consistency is even better than some of the high-end brands I’ve previously purchased I love it because my frugal nature knows that a little goes a long way unlike typical moisturizers. From chapped and incredibly dry skin in the winter, to football rub rash, to helping me reduce the bumps associated with Keratosis Pilaris; it calms and soothes. The Alpha-Hydroxy lactic acid makes a huge difference.
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Uncover smooth, radiant skin with AmLactin Alpha-Hydroxy Skin Care. Its unique exfoliating and hydrating alpha-hydroxy therapy gently removes dead skin cells to reveal soft, hydrated skin. It’s the difference between skin care and skin therapy. AmLactin moisturizers are available on Amazon.com and at your local Target, CVS, Walgreens, Costco, Walmart and Rite Aid.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of AmLactin Skin Care. The opinions and text are all mine.