Monday, January 25th, 2021

7 Smart Ways to Prevent Winter Weather From Aging Your Skin

When temperatures drop it is time to think of how cold weather, chilling winds and dry air affect your skin. We naturally think of bundling up during those frosty months but there are a few other considerations.

1. Keep your face protected by using a natural, nourishing moisturizer, especially if you have dry skin. Choose an oil-based rather than water-based. Always wear foundation when weathering the cold to give your face that extra protection. Don’t forget the rest of your skin and use body washes instead of harsh soaps. Use lukewarm water and keep hot water off your face and body – it’s drying in the best of times. Moisturize after showering, while you skin is still damp.

2. During the winter the UV rays reflecting off the snow have an added ability to damage your skin. While skiing, snowboarding or enjoying any outdoor sports remember to wear a SPF of 15 or more. Don’t forget that UV rays can harm your eyes as well, so keep them protected with sunglasses.

3. Keep your hands dry and warm during the winter months by always wearing gloves and keep moisturizer close at all times and reapply often.

4. Winter is the worst time of the year to keep nails in good shape. To avoid brittle nails moisturize your cuticles before going to bed (I use coconut oil). Always protect your hands with rubber gloves when you use cleaning products. Most cleaning agents are harsh and will seep into your nails and make them brittle.

5. Keep your lips protected from dry, cold air by wearing lipstick regularly (or a lip protector). Make a habit of reapplying lipstick so your lips are always covered and you will never have chapped lips.

6. Exfoliate your face and body regularly to smooth away dry patches and prevent them.

7. Visit a spa and get pampered. There’s nothing like a facial, pedicure or manicure to push off the winter blues. 🙂

 

Style Mistakes That Are Aging & How to Fix Them

Whether you’re a fashionista or a woman who just wants to look great, I’m sure you don’t want to wear styles that are aging. And, let’s face it, if you’re not paying attention to what you wear, making these style mistakes is possible.

I’m here to help you prevent that from happening. Here are some  aging style mistakes I see and how to fix them.

#1  Long vests and shapeless jackets. How your clothes drape your body is major when it comes to your appearance.  If you wear tops that are too big in order to camouflage, you are bringing attention to the areas you want to conceal and you will appear larger.

Avoid

Avoid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead, choose jacket styles that accentuate your shape –  a short jacket that nips at the waist.

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#2  Elastic waist pants and jeans that get baggy  are aging.

 

 

Avoid

Avoid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead  wear slim fitting pants that fit well and choose jeans that have enough elasticity to stretch but not enough to become baggy.

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#3 A Frumpy Handbag: No matter how well you dress a single element that is out of line could throw you whole outfit off into the aging category. One item that is sure to do this is the frumpy handbag. What is a frumpy handbag? It’s a handbag that is one colour, is usually a square or rectangular shape, and has a wide strap

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Instead choose a stylish handbag one that complements your outfit. Or choose one in a colour that brings out a colour in your outfit.

 

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# 4 Undergarments That Aren’t Doing Their Job and Avoiding  Shape Wear : Undergarments are the foundation of all great looking clothing.  Avoid bras that don’t fit and don’t forgo shape wear when wearing clingy clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bumps are aging and shape wear (they don’t have to be super tight to work) can fix this problem.

 

Choose shape wear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Turtlenecks and Chokers:   Are aging because they bring attention to the neckline. Don’t wear these unless you’re young.

Avoid

Avoid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead choose V- necks and long necklaces which draw the eye downward and create more space and length.

Great choice

Great choice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright 2018 Sheila Alley