Last night as my wife and I were getting ready for bed, I noticed she was spending a long time looking in the mirror… so I asked if anything was wrong.
You see, my wife Kendhal takes great care of her skin… but she feels like she’s been looking older than usual these past couple of months, no matter WHAT she does.
Of course I told her she looks as beautiful now as she ever has… Even MORE beautiful I think…
But she did make an interesting point.
You probably already know that cold, dry winter air can zap all of the moisture out of your skin, leading to flaking and cracking…
But it gets even worse. That dryness can make wrinkles much more obvious – even ones you never noticed before!
Luckily, there are a few small tweaks you can make to your routine to keep your skin looking young and fresh over the next few months…
I call it Winter-Proofing. It’s easy! Just try these four tricks that I’ve shared with my clients, friends, and family…
1). Take a DIY Steam Bath
If you’re like me, you LOVE jumping into a hot shower when it’s cold out… But hot water can strip your skin of necessary moisture, making it less supple… and more likely to wrinkle.
Instead, fill your bathroom with steam by running a very hot shower for 5 minutes before you get in. Then, when you’re ready to hop in, turn it down to a lukewarm temp.
This will both keep you warm, AND give you the benefit of enjoying the cleansing, pore-opening steam that really helps keep your skin soft and hydrated.
2). Give Your Cleanser a Boost
Did you know the cleanser that’s perfect for you in the summer, may be too harsh on your skin in the winter?
It’s true – but there’s no need to toss your favorite face wash. Just add a few drops of jojoba oil to it!
Jojoba oil is actually very similar to your skin’s natural sebum, so it will lock in moisture as you clean WITHOUT breaking you out! It’s great stuff.
Plus, on its own, jojoba oil makes an excellent makeup remover. I have dozens of clients who have made the switch – including one VERY popular sitcom actress who swears by it!
3). Eat a Surprising Treat
Fruit is always best in the summer, right? Nope! Believe it or not, some of the BEST anti-aging fruits are actually harvested during the winter.
My personal favorite is grapefruit – it’s rich in vitamin C which promotes collagen production, vitamin E which protects your skin against the oxidative cell damage that causes wrinkles, and lycopene, which reduces the aging effects of free radicals.
My wife and I eat this every morning during the wintertime… it’s delicious with a little bit of stevia!
But if grapefruit isn’t your thing, kiwi, oranges, tangerines, and pomegranates are great winter fruits for youthful, glowing skin too. A little fruit salad might just be missing piece in your winter skincare routine!
4). Take Care of Your Hands… in a new way
It’s true what they say – your hands actually age faster than your face, and are one of the biggest indicators of your age.
And during the winter months, they can get drier and more cracked than other parts of your body… making them look even older.
But there IS something you can do about it! I always tell my patients to mix a little Lift + Firm Sculpting Cream into their regular hand lotion to help plump up their skin.
If you want to try it for yourself, just click here.
Winter’s a tough time for your skin… but armed with these tricks, you can keep feeling confident about your skin all winter long.
Keep an eye out for more newsletters from me… I really enjoy sharing all my best tips with you!
Your Beverly Hills MD,
Dr. John Layke
P.S. Do you like these Winter-Proofing tricks? Try them out and comment below – I’d love to know what you think!