The days are getting shorter, and there’s a decided chill in the air. Fall and Winter can be beautiful seasons, but they can also really sabotage your skin. As the weather cools down, and moisture is lost in the air, it also is lost from your skin. If you don’t moisturize with more emollient products, your skin can flake, itch and even, crack.
But there’s good news! You don’t have to slather moisturizers on your skin until it’s an oil slick to keep your skin hydrated, soft, smooth and itch-less. You just have to choose products that help keep your skin hydrated. One brand, Dove, an affordable favorite, has improved their Body Washes with the addition of “Restoraderm,” a surfectant (cleanser) that lets you lather more nicely and rise it off, quickly and thoroughly, plus ”Nutrium Moisture” to nourish and hydrate skin more deeply. This means you can start your day off caring for your skin with a moisturizing, nourishing cleanse, before you even step out of the shower and add your other, moisturizing products. Winter skin really does love, Dove!
At a recent event featuring Glamour’s “Rockstar of Dermatology” and Unilever consultant (the company that makes Dove), Dr. Jeff Benabio, (@Dermdoc), editors were treated to information about Nutrium, and how Dove’s Body Washes compare, and care, for skin vs. other popular brands such as Olay, Dial and Cetaphil. In a very dramatic video (and we got to see this test repeated in front of us), Dove was applied to a test patch of material that mimics human skin. Several other leading brands were applied to the same sort of test patch. Then the products were rinsed. It was amazing to see that most of the other body washes literally stripped the skin off the test patch, while the Dove patch remained almost completely intact. If a body wash is harsh enough to do that to test patches, imagine what damage a product can do in real life to the skin on your body!
If I read the press information correctly, there are more than 11 different Body Washes that Dove offers all year round in all sorts of formulas and fragrances, and they are all under $7.00 for generously-sized bottles of product. But one that I recommend you start using now through the colder months is Dove® Winter Care Body Wash with NutriumMoisture® (24 fl. oz. / SRP $6.99), This seasonal treasure is available from October through March, every year and it really does what it says: moisturizes more deeply than just about any other body wash I’ve tried. I love the teardrop-shaped bottle (or is that a raindrop?) and the slim flip top. The pearly white cleanser is rich and luxurious, and the fruity/floral scent is light and won’t compete with your fragrance should you choose to add one after bathing. It helps to nourish and heal dry skin, minimizing cold weather environmental saboteurs that cause dry skin, flakes, and itching. If you didn’t know it was Dove, you might think it was some sort of very high end cleanser. But it’s less than the cost of lunch! If you love this body wash and want to continue using it after “the season” is over, you’ll be happy to know that there will also be a Dove® Summer Care Body Wash with NutriumMoisture® available with an updated formula, arriving in April 2013.
At the event, I had the honor of sitting right next to the very accomplished VIP of the morning, Dr. Jeff Benabio. Dr. Benabio lives in California where the effects of dry heat and cold wind, and lack of moisture in the air, isn’t so evident, but he did have some additional tips (besides using Dove body wash and moisturizers).
Drinking lots of water is always a good idea, but using less water on your body, especially during the cooler months, can really help make your skin look and feel better. And, if you like hot showers, keep in mind that hot water strips healthy oils from the skin quicker than water tumbles down Niagara Falls, so don’t linger. Use the few minutes you’d normally spend soaking under the shower, to moisturize your skin, instead. Dr. Benabio also suggests eating more foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, halibut, and flaxseed oil. Flaxseed oil is the highest in omega-3 fatty acids of all vegetable oils which helps keeps your skin soft and prevents it from drying out. He also suggests adding more almonds, walnuts, avocados, and sunflower seeds to your diet to get more skin-repairing Vitamin E, and eating more foods with Vitamin C (antioxidants) like blueberries and raspberries.
Here’s one more that is not just from Dr. Benabio, but from me, Advice Sister Alison: just because the sun isn’t shining and you’re not baking in a bikini at the beach, doesn’t mean that you can keep your skin safe without SPF protection. Always add a broad spectrum sunscreen SPF 30. This is a good time to get rid of the beaten-up, half-used tubes from Summer, and get a new SPF sunscreen to take you through the cooler months. Purchase your favorite “go-to” or treat yourself to one of the high end sunscreens The Advice Sisters reviewed this Summer, or try some sun protection that doesn’t come in a traditional tube. Take a look and choose what appeals to you most. Then, don’t forget to use it!
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