ACCORDING TO DR. AVA, NO NEED TO BE BITTER — WE CAN WEATHER THE STORM!

February 21, 2019

Dr. AVA SHAMBANS TOP 10 TIPS TO PROTECT FROM PIERCING COLD AND DEFEND THE DERMIS:

  1. Avoid Hot [beverages and bath]– tepid temperatures and shorter showers will be good for your skin and the environment
  2. Toss the Trident and Forget the Flavored Balm [ especially minty spicy or even fruity] balms – both contribute to drying and chapped lips
  3. Cover your mouth! Don’t just slather a balm or emulsive lip product on in the morning pull a scarf, neck warmer or wind-breaking muffler over your lips and lower face
  4. Exfoliate in the evening– effectively and gently with enzymes [natural papaya, bamboo or volcanic] or glycolic, lactic, salicylic or azeliac acid so night moisturizer and serum will penetrate most effectively
  5. Crank up the humidifier especially in heated buildings by day or overnight
  6. Slow down and sip– because it is so cold may not feel dehydrated – so drink more room temperature water and slowly to keep hydrated no matter how cold
  7. Max your Moisturize after showering – use the benefits of while skin is still wet to seal the skin surface and add in an essential oil to moisturizers at night
  8. For Serum Sake– Sleep on Silk! Cotton will absorb the expensive actives and prevent best benefit
  9. Don’t skimp on sunscreen– apply as much and as often in winter as summer [including not just face, but neck and hands]
  10. Change up your Product Routine!
    • Consider a ceramide-based product because the fatty acid will improve the skin barrier and function aiding in moisture sealing and protection
    • AMP up the AHA and Vitamin E intake
    • Make it better with butter– slather on the shea butter mango butter or incorporate squalene, apricot or coconut oil
    • Add a hydrocone mask for additional moisturizing benefits
    • Change your cleanser to a hydrating formula with AHA
    • Layer Serums in an anti-oxidant serum at night
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DR. AVA SAYS THERE ARE A FEW DERMAL DELIGHTS OF WINTER – SILVER LININGS OF LADY WINTER – SO ENJOY

  • Puffiness dissipates and the cold naturally rejuvenates and tightens dermis
  • Acne lessens, and pores appear primed and perfect
  • We breath deeper, sleep sounder and give our skin more time for turnover, recovery, and actives to work more effectively
  • Less active sweat means fewer clogged pores and less absorption of environmental sludge, debris and dead skin cells in the follicles [a.k.a acne]
  • AND the Natural Flush of color makes for less makeup
     

For any “9th inning” winter dermal dilemmas or any other skincare needs, Dr. Shamban is available for interviews quotes or comments. We will be in touch to see what is hot on your list of editorial topics as we ease out of the cold weather season and spring ahead!

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