We know winter’s blustery winds and below-freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your skin. From red, cracked knuckles to patchy, flaking cheeks, we’ve got 10 tried-and-true techniques for keeping your skin healthy, youthful and glowing this winter, courtesy of Anderson Plastic Surgery and Med Spas top aestheticians and beauty experts.
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1. Try a dry brush.
Before your morning shower, experiment with dry brushing. This ancient practice is growing in popularity and helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, increase circulation, open clogged pores and release your body’s natural toxins. It’s also known to minimize the appearance of cellulite, give you increased energy and aid in digestion – and it feels wonderful!
To dry brush properly, invest in a long-handled brush with natural bristles so that you can safely and comfortably reach all parts of your body. We love Earth Therapeutics’ Tampico Vegetable Fiber Skin Brush. Because dry brushing is known to improve blood flow and assist with lymphatic drainage, experts recommend starting at the bottoms of your feet and brushing upward in long, smooth strokes toward your heart. Brush your legs, stomach, and chest – and finish by brushing up your arms toward your armpits. You can even brush your face using a soft brush like this one from Resilient Beauty. With face brushing, be sure to use gentle strokes and brush no more than 1-2 times per week. After you’re done brushing, take a lukewarm shower (hot water saps moisture!) to rinse off dead skin cells and follow with a moisturizer to lock in hydration.