Keep Your Spring Fine-Line Free!

cetaphil moisturizing cream

What better time to kick off my first blog than right in time for Spring! After emerging from the chills and thrills of winter, my dry skin is certainly ready for a little warm relief! While transitioning into this blossoming season, I always have to be equipped with my skin care weapons of choice to combat the less-than-lovely effects that winter left my skin. Fine lines and huge pores seem to be two of winter’s partners in crime, due to heaters that attempt to make any inside space the Gobi desert.

Even while emerging into warmer weather, heaters still may remain on while February takes its leave. Heaters suck up the humidity and moisture in the air, causing the skin to become dry and lose its elasticity and suppleness. This dryness denies the skin room to “bounce back” after sharing a hard laugh with your best friend or glaring at your ex, leaving those fine lines that every woman resents. Heat also causes pores to expand, as your body is expecting sweat and other impurities to exit, but the fact is it’s as dry as a desert and impurities have no medium to make their escape. Effects like this are what leave you crying over a mirror because your face has more craters than the moon.

So what do you do to successfully combat these unsightly effects?

1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT PRODUCT

Choosing a moisturizer that contains emollients and humectants is essential. These two scary words will turn out to be your skin’s best friends this season, as these are properties in skin products that replenish dehydrated skin and restore dewiness. Humectants attract water from the atmosphere to the top of the epidermis (the very top layer of the skin). Emollients trap the water collected by humectants and bind it to the surface skin cells by coating the skin and allowing the water to penetrate and work its hydrating magic.

2. APPLY IT CORRECTLY

After giving your face a good wash, don’t you dare dry it off! While your face is still wet, apply a quarter size dot of moisturizer on your forehead, under eyes, cheekbones, and chin, and gently spread it around. While this seems rather odd to apply moisturizer to a wet face, this ensures that all the water left on your face binds, penetrates, and hydrates the deep dermal layers of the skin, restoring elasticity and suppleness.

3. FIND “THE ONE”

Choose a fragrance-free moisturizer, as fragrance is infamous for causing irritation and inflammation.

Look for emollients and humectants in the ingredients. Reading the back of products can be undeniably overwhelming, so here are a few ingredients to narrow your search and know your getting the right product that will do the job.

Humectants are: glycerin, propylene glycol, sorbitol, lactic acid, collagen, sodium PCA, colloidal oatmeal and hyaluronic acid.

Emollients are: cocoa butter, shea butter, sweet almond oil, apricot oil, mineral oil and petrolatum.

MY FAVORITE PRODUCT

My go-to product for winter (and every season for that matter!) is hands-down Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. Cetaphil is fragrance-free, and contains emollients and humectants like petroleum and glycerin. This is a heavy moisturizer and is great for those who are prone to dry skin.

For a lighter version of this product, choose Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, which is lighter and gives the skin more room to breathe.

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8 Comments

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    Nina Olive
    March 9, 2013 at 4:43 am

    I went and bought cetaphil. I bought the lighter one and the heavier one. I can say that so far the lighter one has really helped and I haven’t had the need for the heavier one. I’m shocked! I have been having really horribly itchy legs in the winter for the past few years and NOTHING has helped. I’ve bought tons of different lotions and creams, but with the cetaphil I haven’t had any itching! Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom!!!!!! I’m a loyal reader for good!

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      ashley
      March 11, 2013 at 12:18 am

      I’m SO glad to hear it!! :) I first tried Cetaphil for my face because it was super dry and immediately discovered its miraculous healing powers. Haha! Thanks so much for the comment, I’m so happy the Cetaphil is working!! :)

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    Cindy Girdler
    February 27, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    LOVE! Thanks so much for this post and your past advice on my skin!!! I started using the cetaphil like you recommended and my face is clearing up!! Thanks girl! Also–I would love to hear what your thoughts are on nutrition and your skin…does diet really make any difference in acne? I have a friend who did the paleo diet for her skin with no results she said…just curious if you’ve heard/seen anything. Thanks again and love the blog!!!

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      ashley
      February 28, 2013 at 1:17 am

      Thank you so much Cindy – it means a lot!! I’m so glad it’s working, cetaphil is such a staple! That’s so interesting, I will use that as a topic in the next few days, I have an idea why paleo didn’t do so hot, as the heavy consumption of meat was probably a toxins overload on the pancreas and colon, and troubled skin is a sign of a taxed colon. But stay tuned i will write more on that, thanks so much for the idea!

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    Hanna Kindred
    February 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Really awesome Ashley! Thanks for sharing and keep it coming!!

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      ashley
      February 28, 2013 at 1:18 am

      Thank you so much Hannah! :)

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    Yellow Hair Sally
    February 27, 2013 at 3:05 am

    HELP!!!!! I tried to dye my hair blonde but it turned yellow!!!! PLZ HELP!!!!!! I can’t be seen in public!

    • Reply
      ashley
      February 28, 2013 at 1:20 am

      Oh gosh…oh no…toner should help but I’m not sure it works on people named Chelsea…or Sally….. ;)p

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