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Preparing for & Treating Winter Skin

With the change in season, many people will begin to notice a difference in the way their skin looks and feels. Many people find that as we move closer to winter, their skin becomes more dried out and flaky. The good news is there are things you can do to keep your skin looking good as the seasons change. "Winter approaching doesn't mean your skin has to look dull and dry," says Katherine Goldman, celebrity esthetician/waxologist and owner of the Stript Wax Bar. "It also doesn't mean you have to turn to chemicals in an effort to maintain some of your tan throughout the fall and winter. There are much better options available to everyone who wants to take advantage of them." According to Jess Gianatasio, the lead esthetician at Stript Wax Bar's Los Angeles location, regular exfoliation will always keep the skin looking fresh year-round. But finding a balance for your skin is key, especially through the winter. When going in for a facial, she advises talking to your esthetician about how to maintain a good balance. Some people suffer from dry skin and others suffer from dehydrated skin; they look similar but are very different. Dry skin lacks oil, which is essential to the skin, while dehydrated skin lacks water. Finding what your skin needs will help, so finding the right moisturizer is important. Here are some additional tips that can help keep skin looking and feeling great as the seasons change: - Dull skin can be countered by having regular facials done by a professional. Facials remove dead and flaky skin and help restore the natural glow that people long for. They give skin an overall healthier appearance. - When winter approaches, it is important to moisturize the skin so it doesn't become dried out. After cleansing, always follow with an anti-aging serum and apply a good quality moisturizer. - Bypass the chemical tans that come in take-home spray bottles and lotions. They usually contain chemicals you should avoid putting on the skin and will most likely not provide the natural tan look most people seek. Tanning booths are not a good route either, because of the risks they impose. Instead, opt for an organic spray tan. - When it comes to hair removal, stick to going to a waxologist, so skin irritation and problems can be avoided. Having hair professionally waxed will keep the skin smooth and unblemished. - Drink plenty of water to maintain youthful cells. If the skin doesn't get enough water, it will look aged and dehydrated. - Opt for healthy foods that benefit the skin, such as strawberries, tomatoes, salmon, edamame, tea, carrots, broccoli, and avocado. They each have nutrients that help protect the skin and keep it looking great. "Keeping skin looking radiant through the winter can absolutely be done, but it takes a little attention in order to make it happen," Goldman says. "A little effort in this area can go a long way toward helping you look fabulous through the holiday season and beyond."

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