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Your Skin and the Change of Seasons
10/14/2011 7:43:24 AM

In the fall, when the temperatures drop and wind and rain strain our skin, it may need some extra pampering. I talked to Patricia Pol, the esthetician and expert in natural skin care at our spa in Palisades, NY, about how to best prepare our skin for the change of season. Here’s what she had to say.

Me: How can the change of seasons affect my skin?
Patricia: The change of season always affects our skin. While summer air is more humid and moisture-rich, the cold, dry air in fall and winter leaves our skin dehydrated, flaky and rough. You might notice more dry spots, especially in the T-zone (the area around your nose, chin and forehead). This is usually an indicator that your skin needs extra moisturizing and protecting.

Me: What can I do to protect my skin now so that it’s healthy all winter long?
Patricia: Nourishing natural oils from plants, seeds and nuts are the secret! They moisturize, replenish and provide your skin with a protective mantel that helps it glow throughout winter. For an intensive moisturizing treatment, I suggest that my clients use our Almond Soothing Facial Oil and gently massage it into their skin nightly. The massage action will help stimulate circulation and bring a glow to your skin, while helping the delicate oil absorb faster and provide immediate relief. For extra nourishment, you can then apply the night cream that’s most suitable for your skin, either our Pomegranate Firming Night Cream, Iris Hydrating Night Cream or Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream, on top of the oil before going to bed.

Me: Which products do you recommend during the changing season?
Patricia: If your skin is normal to oily and you usually use the Wild Rose, Almond or Iris Lotion, switching to the richer Day Cream will help keep your skin moisturized in winter. During outdoor activities like skiing, I suggest using our Cold Cream, formerly known as Everon Face Balm, which is especially made to protect your skin from the elements. And don't forget your lips! Everon Lip Balm will keep them smooth and moisturized.

Me: What does my skin need most in fall and winter?
Patricia: Natural oils and protection are what your skin needs most! My suggestion is to moisturize, moisturize, and then moisturize some more. You can hardly apply too much since your skin absorbs the added moisture so much faster in winter. Stash a travel-size Iris Hydrating Day Cream, Wild Rose Smoothing Day Cream or Pomegranate Firming Day Cream in your handbag to apply throughout the day if your skin starts feeling tight and dry. And don’t forget to cleanse skin nightly with a gentle cleanser.  Weleda’s Gentle Cleansing Milk and Refining Toner provide deep cleansing without stripping your skin’s protective, natural barrier, which is so important to maintain during the winter in order to avoid irritation.
 
Me: How important is a healthy lifestyle for beautiful winter skin?
Patricia: In general, everything you do will affect your skin. Regular facials prepare the skin for the change of season and provide the perfect basis for healthy skin. I recommend that my clients get a facial when summer ends to deeply cleanse their skin and revitalize it through massage. A healthy diet consisting of vitamin-rich winter fruits, combined with hydration (lots of herbal teas and water) and regular exercise will also help your skin stay radiant and beautiful. Remember that your skin is a reflection of your inner self—so grant yourself some downtime if you need it, get enough sleep and try not to stress too much. Your skin will thank you!

Do you normally change your skin-care routine with the change of seasons? Share your tips with us for keeping your skin healthy come fall and winter! Leave your comments below - we'd love to hear from you!

Photo: istockphoto.com/JoseASReyes

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