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Healthy Living: Tips for winter weather skincare

Healthy Living: Tips for winter weather skincare

Skin is the largest organ of the body, and is exceedingly vulnerable to environmental factors such as sun exposure, temperature, and topical products. In order to properly take care of the epidermis, which is the outer layer of our skin, it is important to understand skin care basics. 

Lisa Catherine, of Skincare by Lisa Catherine in Meriden, has been a certified holistic esthetician for 25 years. She makes it a priority to educate her clients about how to adequately take care of their skin on a daily basis. Prior to each initial appointment, she issues a “skin analysis” questionnaire to identify her clients’ skin types and conditions. 

Catherine’s background in nutrition lends itself to executing a holistic approach in her practice. Her motto is cultivating “healthy skin from the inside out.”

She lists her five elements to a holistic approach as “environmental, emotional, nutritional, physical, and spiritual.” Catherine is a lifelong learner who strives to incorporate these five elements into her services, which span from facials to full body wraps and combine elements of meditative music and aromatherapy. 

Catherine said skin conditions can become exacerbated in extreme weather. This is especially evident when broken capillaries appear on the skin due to repeated damage. Chilling winter temperatures combined with dry indoor heating systems can mean disaster for our skin. 

In the fall and winter months Catherine stresses the importance of continuing to apply sunscreen daily and protecting the face from the elements while outdoors. Something as simple as wearing a scarf over the face can stave off skin irritation from environmental exposure. 

Although skin treatments will differ depending on type and condition, Catherine encourages all of her clients to apply moisturizing products when the skin is damp for the best absorption. She recommends products with a “humectant ingredient” which enables moisture to bind to the skin. 

Serums, rose water, and coconut oil are among some of the most highly-regarded methods of skin hydration. Catherine says even oily skin can be dehydrated and recommends squalene oil to both soothe and slow down oil production in the skin.  

Many traditional skin care products contain harsh chemicals. Three chemicals that Catherine warns her clients to stay away from are sulfates, parabens, and propylene glycols. She recommends visiting the Environmental Working Group, which offers consumer guides to products and details a chemical breakdown of their ingredients. 

Catherine’s topical product rule of thumb is, “if you wouldn’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your body.” Many of her go-to skin care treatments can be made at home with minimal time and resources.

My skin feels especially rejuvenated after applying my homemade skin care treatments with Catherine’s simple recipes for an organic honey facemask, and body scrub combining Himalayan salt, organic coconut oil, organic cane sugar, and an optional drop of essential oil. 

To learn more about Lisa Catherine’s holistic beauty approach and the treatments she offers, you can find her on Facebook, @skincarebylisacatherine.