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Healthy Winter Skin

By Ashleigh Copeland

As fall blows in, people seldom think about the care they give to their skin. In fact, the change in season affects people’s skin in a variety of ways. Marguerite Copeland-Dodson is a beauty consultant for ARBONNE International and has been consulting for eight years. Having worked closely with her, we have seen many clients with a range of skin issues. The fall and winter months are her busiest seasons for many reasons. The dry air leaves your skin craving moisture. Stress from a hectic work schedule or the start of a new school year causes breakouts and blemishes. Social calendars quickly fill; therefore, the likelihood of eating fast food and not getting enough sleep increases. In general, the everyday hustle and bustle of life in the fall and winter months has a negative impact on your health; however, there are ways to counteract the onslaught of the elements. Copeland-Dodson says, “Basic skin care on a daily basis is essential to all ages, regardless of race or gender.” For basic skin care, first determine your skin type, and then choose products that work best for you.

There are three general skin types: dry, oily, and combination. Each may require a different skin-care regimen and/or combination of products. Dry skin requires a cleanser that contains moisturizer without being soapy. The Hydrating Freshener + Cleanser from ARBONNE International is a facial moisturizing cleanser that leaves your face feeling clean, smooth, and revitalized without the drying effects of soap. This particular cleanser eliminates the need for a toner, as toners are often alcohol based, causing your skin to sting and become even drier.

However, using a toner can benefit those with oily skin. Toners help to bring skin back to a natural state of equilibrium, while stripping it of toxins, pollutants, and oils. If you experience constant oily skin, try washing your face multiple times a day: morning, midday, and evening. Copeland-Dodson recommends ARBONNE International’s Purifying Cleanser + Toner because it eliminates the need for a separate toner. Combining two separate products into one can save time and money. She says, “Having a skin-care regimen need not be complicated, nor should it require lots of time. Keep it simple.” ARBONNE’s Purifying Cleanser + Toner also contains fresh strawberry and kiwi extract, so it smells great.

When dealing with combination skin, many people have difficulty finding the right moisturizer. It is important to moisturize dry areas without adding excess oil to areas that don’t need it. To avoid a greasy feeling, wash your face at least twice a day. Pairing an all-natural cleanser with the Have a Nice Day moisturizing lotion by Origins is perfect for combination skin. The lotion has a grapefruit scent, contains soybean oil to nourish skin, and also includes SPF 15 protection from sun damage.

A person’s environment plays a huge part in his or her skin health. Pollutants and toxins in the air may cause blemishes and breakouts, while healthy eating and proper hydration can counteract some imperfections. Though not all problems are caused by environment pollutants, Copeland-Dodson constantly reminds her clients that “daily maintenance assists in removing dead cells, rejuvenating new growth, and repairing damaged skin, depending on products used.”

Along with daily cleansers and moisturizers, adding a facial scrub to your regimen can counteract those pollutants and toxins. Using a facial scrub like Burt’s Bees Peach and Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub will exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. Facial scrubs clean more deeply into your pores than a regular cleanser, so more dirt and oil are removed from your skin. Excessive use of facial scrubs can dry your skin out and can cause redness on sensitive skin; therefore, less is more.

For women, caring for your skin before and after applying makeup is crucial. Before you put on your makeup, use a primer to create a smooth canvas for application. Makeup primers don’t require as much foundation, allowing your pores to breathe throughout the day. ARBONNE International’s makeup primer is silky, vitamin-rich, and lightweight, feeling almost invisible under your makeup. After a long day, it is important to take off your makeup with a makeup remover. Removers without an alcohol base, such as Neutrogena’s cleansing towelettes, leave your face clean but will not sting or burn sensitive skin.

Though all-natural products are better than those with heavy chemicals, be sure to read the ingredients. If you have allergies, stay away from products that use extracts from certain nuts and fruits. Your first time using a product should be the time you are most cautious, so apply a small amount to an inconspicuous area to test it out first.

Products aside, the best thing you can do for your skin is get adequate sleep and eat a balanced diet. During sleep, your body grows new skin cells and repairs itself, so sleep is essential in creating radiant skin. Eating healthily and staying hydrated are just as important in achieving fresh and healthy skin. Although new seasons bring change, Copeland-Dodson believes your skin-care mantra should be “Make loving your skin part of your daily routine. The difference you make now will surely pay off for years to come.”
For more information about ARBONNE International, visit arbonne.com, or email Margueriteville@comcast.net.

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