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5 Tips for Winter Proof Skin

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Winter is certainly making its presence known. Unfortunately, the first victim of the season's blustery winds and chilly climes is the skin, which typically becomes dry, irritated, and sallow. Luckily, the SPA @ nuBest salon and spa carries the award-winning (and celebrity-favored) Sonya Dakar skincare line, which specializes in remedying the troubles associated with seasonally-challenged skin. Here are some helpful tips for solving some of winters most perplexing complexion problems.

Avoid chemicals: choose products that are sulfate and paraben free. These chemicals can cause skin sensitivity resulting in inflamed dry patches and itchy red bumps adding to the drying effects of a New York winter. Apply light oil to your face after washing to moisturize without breaking out: Just like we fight fire with fire, we can fight oil with oil. Using a light, natural oil, like extra virgin olive oil, can actually balance skin’s oil production and moisturize without causing breakouts. In fact, it can even curb breakouts caused by overproduction of oil on the skin. The Omega-3 Repair Complex from the Sonya Dakar skincare line regulates the skin’s oil production to restore natural moisture levels; it is a beauty essential used by a multitude of celebrities.

Choose a heavier moisturizer: Ceremides and Shea Butter are great ingredients to look for in a winter moisturizer. Choose a cream and save the lotions for summer trips to the gulf. Only apply moisturizers to clean skin otherwise you will trap dirt inside your pores and cause breakouts. For a serious winter dry skin buster that’s heavy on moisture but light on the skin, try Sonya Dakar’s Hydrasoft Cream.

Don’t be afraid to exfoliate: Although people often fear exfoliating in the winter will irritate already dry skin, exfoliating actually helps by removing the dead skin cells and allowing room for new cell growth. Sonya Dakar’s Triple Action Organic Scrub is an excellent option, as it gently polishes skin without irritating it. In addition to sloughing away dead skin, making the skin appear brighter and smoother, gently exfoliating allows for the skin to more readily absorb moisturizer.

Replace your hot shower with a cup of hot water with lemon: A hot shower will dry out your skin, so instead, warm up your body by drinking a cup of hot water and lemon. Not only will it warm you up, but it will detoxify your entire system, including the liver and gall bladder, to clean the blood faster and get rid of toxins responsible for bad skin. Plus, during the winter months more than ever, it is important to hydrate, so drinking plenty of water is a crucial rule to follow.

-Nargas Karimi

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