Most of us live our lives with adaptations for the seasons. In the spring we look forward to changing our wardrobe, weeding our gardens and having a wider array of fresh fruit and vegetables for our table.

In the fall thoughts turn to sweaters. The holidays approach too quickly and before we know it we are buried in winter. Winter; love it or hate it, most of us are afflicted by dry skin. Oddly few of us make seasonal adaptations for the cold weather. The light moisturizers and foundations of summer offer little protection in cold temperatures and winds. Dry skin isn’t serious in most cases but it is uncomfortable and turns normally plump cells into shriveled cells that cause fine lines and wrinkles.

As a skin professional, I recommend moisturizers rich in botanical ingredients that deliver nutrients that protect your skin from the cold drying elements. Take warm short showers rather than long, hot showers that deplete natural oils. Avoid harsh soaps and opt for cleansing creams, again your spa professional can guide you to the best winter solution. Remember you skin should feel soft and smooth after cleansing, never tight and dry.

Choose fabrics that are kind to your skin. Natural fibers like cotton and silk allow your skin to breathe and offer gentle skin contact and finally: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize. Apply after baths, showers and general cleansing and apply through out the day.

Moisture rich skin is healthy and beautiful. Adapt your skin care regimen to acclimatize your skin to the realities of the winter season.