Your skin is the foundation to any great beauty look — so make sure to get it back in tiptop shape with these suggestions from Professional Makeup & Hair Artist Amy Beth Duclos. She helps us pinpoint the problem areas women in their 30s face after experiencing the harsh winter months and what can be done and used to help mend that area of the skin.
In your 30s
In your 30s, “cell turnaround starts to slow down, so you might feel that your skin is looking a little dull along with being dry,” says Duclos. “Areas that may be most dry during the cold months are the lips, nose and around the eyes, as well hands and feet.”
The fix? Duclos says you can consider opting for microdermabrasion or some simple peels at the spa that you can introduce into your routine once a month or every couple months during the winter season. She suggests choosing all natural products and spas that are highly reputable for these procedures.
Duclos says that something you can do is “you can add into your daily skin care routine an eye cream and a more intensive night cream.”
The Kit recommends:
Avene Thermal Water Soothing Moisture Mask, $32.25
Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Intensive 3-in-1 Eye Cream, $32.50
Eucerin Smoothing Foot Crème, prices vary.
Origins Ginger Gloass Smoothing Body Oil, $21
Rodial Glm Balm Lip, $25
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More dry winter skin fixes:
Choose Cream Over Lotion
"The best way to fix and protect winter skin is to seal it and heal it," Krant says. "Yes, I just made that up." That means choosing a moisturizer that locks in moisture and provides some protection of the dermis to encourage healing, but still lets the skin breathe. Krant recommends choosing a thick, fragrance-free cream instead of a lotion, which can be watery, and putting it on after every shower. <a href="www.drbobby.com">Dr. Bobby Buka</a>, a dermatologist in practice in New York City, also encourages a thick moisturizer. "I like non-petroleum based moisturizers," Buka told HuffPost Healthy Living. "Naturalists should like this too! Ceramides are naturally occurring moisturizers found in many emollients nowadays."
Skip The Perfume
Your perfume can irritate your skin and, thanks to its alcohol content, can interfere with your skin's ability to maintain moisture levels. "Avoid fragrance, as this can cause mild irritation that further compromises barrier function against drying elements," Buka says.
Cut Your Shower Time
Shortening your shower time and cooling the temperature of the water won't feel so great in the moment, when you'd like a little steam heat in your life, but your skin will thank you later. Hot, long showers strip our skin of its natural moisturizing oils, according to Krant. And Buka recommends bathing no more than once a day.
Drink More Water Than You Want To
"Drink more water each day than you expect to really need," advises Krant. That will help replenish the water you're losing, thanks to windy, cold weather and overheated houses.
Wear Your Food
"Coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil applied topically are great," says Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald, HuffPost Healthy Living's Wellness Editor, who credits these nourishing, food-grade oils with helping many of her patients.
Eat Some Omega-3s
Fitzgerald recommends eating fish oil supplements or another source of heart-healthy omega-3s. That may be because a component of omega-3s, eicosapentaenoic acid -- or EPA -- is thought to <a href="http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/benefits-of-omega-35.htm">help regulate the skin's oil production</a>, reports Discovery Health.