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SKIN CARE TIPS FOR BEATING THE HARSH WINTER WEATHER

Woman enjoying the chilly weather

There is always a lot to enjoy on the icy mountain slopes: fresh, crisp mountain air and gorgeous chalets; not forgetting the thrill of skiing down the mountain slopes. No matter how harsh the weather gets during winter, and especially on ski conditions, you won’t miss ski bunnies with their friends booking for ski trips. One thing you should never forget is that, just like the tropical weather, winter conditions can subject your skin to adverse weather effects such as sunburns, frostbite and dehydration.

HOW COLD WEATHER AFFECTS YOUR SKIN

What really happens is that when the temperatures get very cold outside, coupled with windy conditions, moisture gets blown away from your skin. This has a drying effect as the skin cells lose water and the resulting effect is a sore, dry and flaky skin. You probably don’t want to come back from your trip with such a skin and that’s why you want to take extra precautions before hitting the slopes when the weather is worryingly cold.

On top of the cold dry air, there is also the issue of increased ultraviolet (UV) light, almost by 40%. This is due to the increased height above the sea level and the bouncing of the UV light off the shiny snow.

KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER

Here is what Dr. Darrell S. Rigel, a dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology Group, offered as precautionary measures for your complexion when taking a trip to the icy slopes.

  1. CARRY A MORE POTENT SUNSCREEN -It’s no rocket science that the higher you go the higher the amount of UV light you expose yourself to. This calls then that, when going for your trip, you bring along a stronger sunscreen capable of combating the increased amount of UV light hitting your skin. “You get six to eight percent extra UV intensity per every thousand feet, so it’s important to use an SPF of at least 50,” said Dr. Rigel.
  2. PACK EVERYTHING WELL – It happens that in high altitudes, packaged items tend to pop open. This is why you need to be extra cautious when packing; ensure that all lids and ointment caps are tightly screwed before leaving.
  3. APPLY PETROLEUM JELLY ON EXPOSED SKIN – You can use petroleum jelly on exposed skin to protect against frostbite. How this works, according to Dr. Rigel, is that you get an insulating layer that protects your skin against heat loss thus reducing your skin’s chances of drying.
  4. TAKE EXTRA CARE OF YOUR NECK AND CHIN – Many people will cover the rest of their bodies and forget the neck and chin, at least most of the time. Just to ensure that you protect yourself from the extra amount of UV light, it’s important that as you cover the rest of your body, you also remember to cover your neck and chin. You can apply an extra amount of sunscreen on these areas and/or wrap up a scarf.
  5. HOT SHOWERS ARE A BIG NO – No matter how much you might be tempted to take that hot shower after a chilly day outdoors, it’s not the best of the ideas under the circumstances. This is because hot water erodes the protective sebum on your skin and exacerbates the effect of the dry air.
  6. CUT BACK ON YOUR ALCOHOL INTAKE – Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on your skin and will only synergize the drying effects and thus should be controlled.
  7. USE A HUMIDIFIER – The central heating system used for hotel rooms has the effect of removing more moisture from the air and consequently your skin.  Always ask your hotel to provide you with a humidifier. The humidifier will add moisture back to the air and will ensure your skin remains moistened.
  8. DRINK LOTS OF WATER – Most of the moisturizers you use will work either by preventing loss of water from your skin or by drawing water from cells to the outer skin cells on the surface: both methods rely on water that’s already in your system. From this, it goes without saying that drinking lots of water remains the single most important way of keeping your skin hydrolyzed and moistened.

KNOW YOUR SUNSCREEN: WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Woman applying sunscreen

Summer means a lot of outdoor fun, holidays, spending time in the beaches, playing volleyball, basking in the sun, and having a great time. But, is this fun for your skin too? Unfortunately no! While you spend time savoring the day brightness and relaxing in the sun-kissed beaches, your skin is facing the effects of the harmful UVA and UVB rays.

That does not mean that you stop having fun in the sun. You just need to follow a skin care routine that suits your skin type and make sure you use the right sunscreen to create a protective barrier. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you must use a sunscreen that features broad-spectrum protection and an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or more depending on which part of the world you live or which holiday destination you are travelling to.

Using a good sunscreen not only blocks the harmful ultraviolet rays that are detrimental to your skin’s health, but they also prevent premature aging, sunburn, and skin cancer.

WHICH SUNSCREEN IS IDEAL FOR YOU – CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL BASED?

When it comes to choosing a sunscreen the choice can at times be daunting because the market is flooded with a plethora of brands and product types. However, all the different sunscreen brands can be widely classified into two different categories – chemical and physical/ mineral.

The chemical sunscreens are highly popular in the market for their ability to get easily absorbed into the skin, thus it has a lotion type feel. These are made from using six active ingredients that are octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, avobenzone, homosalate, and octinoxate. Chemical sunscreens have the tendency to penetrate into the skin, and they often cause irritation for those who have sensitive skin type.

The mineral sunscreens contain active ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and both these ingredients are known to protect skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Also known as physical sunscreen, they create a layer on the skin and block the rays from entering.

These creams and lotions are thick and may take some time to penetrate into the skin. The mineral or physical sunscreen also comes off easily hence they must be applied periodically if you are sweating or going for a cool dip in the water.

WHAT IS SPF (SUN PROTECTION FACTOR) FACTOR?

When buying a sunscreen, always pay attention to the SPF mentioned on the bottle as this number indicates how effectively that product can protect your skin from the sun when applied properly. Skin care experts recommend SPF 30 or more.

The SPF number on the bottle is actually indicative of how long it would take for the sun’s UV rays to harm your skin with the sunscreen applied to your skin as compared to not using any. For example SPF 30 means that it would take about thirty times longer to get sunburn with the protection intact, as compared to when you have no sunscreen at all.

How to Look More Photogenic

Beautiful woman

Loving yourself has a new meaning these days, and today it’s difficult to find a person who doesn’t like taking selfies. We all have friends who will take countless selfies and keep posting them on their social media account to get flattered with comments.

For some, it is effortless! They are just gifted with that photogenic quality that makes them look oh-so-perfect and adorable in every photo. For the rest, it is either luck or a lot of hard work! If you are like me who falls in the second group that loves taking selfies but can’t help finding faults with them then you have just dug gold, my friend!

In this article, I am going to share a few secrets that help models look so perfect in every photo. Yes, there’s a lot of hard work behind those photos you envy, so fasten your seat belts and get ready as I reveal the secrets that will help you look your best in photos.

MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL!

No one can judge your looks better than you so allow the mirror to be your critic and practice until you get that perfect pose. Models that look so perfect in every photo actually practice for hours in front of the mirror and this helps them know their best side!

Even the most confident people on earth feel a little self-conscious when it comes to posing for photos and the ones who do it right know their moves perfectly because they have practiced standing stylishly, placing the feet correctly, and holding arms rightly numerous times in front of the mirror.

WHAT DOES YOUR SMILE SAY?

Smile…it increases your face value. You must have heard it often. Now, let’s make this a little different. Smile rightly to enliven your photos and get compliments. To do this, it is important that you know your smile best – whether you look good with a smirk or a big hearty smile. Whether your eyes should be closed, open, or semi-closed should be a conscious decision to look your best!

GET SOME LIGHT ON YOUR FACE:

When being photographed, make sure you keep your face in an angle that allows maximum light on it. Brunettes should keep their hair off their face so that it does not overshadow the face, and blondes should try having some light at the back so that it gives them a nice glow.

WHICH DIRECTION DOES YOUR NOSE TILT?

No one in this world has a perfectly balanced and proportioned nose. It usually leans or tilts one way or the other, so find out which side your nose tilts and ensure maximum amount of light comes from that angle to make your features look sharp and prominent.

GET THAT PERFECT ANGLE TO LOOK YOUR BEST:

Whether you are taking a full-length photo or a group photo, it is important to get that perfect angle that makes you look just right. Placing your feet 45 degrees while taking full-length picture can make you look slimmer and taller, and when you are in a group shot, make sure your bottom is slightly stuck out to get that more defined look.