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5 Skincare tips to survive the Polar Vortex

Lavida Samuel

This is the coldest winter we’ve had in decades and I am not with the ten below or even ten-degree weather! Which is why I love living in Texas. However, I do empathize with those of you living in Midwestern and Northern states and braving those freezing temperatures. Winter weather is tough on the skin. The lack of humidity causes the air to be super dry, and your skin to be even dryer. I never thought I’d say this, but I actually miss the summer’s humidity. The lack of moisture makes our skin as Black Women more susceptible to cracks and irritation (and we know black don’t crack when we’re old, but black will crack in the cold!). Did you know the darker the skin the more likely it is to get irritated in the cold winter months? Me either!

Lucky for you Elle Vie offers sample size Body Butters so you can keep one in your purse for whenever your skin needs some moisture on the go. Don’t get caught slippin’ this winter by not taking care of your skin. I took a few minutes to gather some tips how Black Women can winterize their skin. As your PAK (Professional Ash-Kicker) I want you ladies to flourish and shine even when the sun doesn’t!

1. Moisturize daily. A good oil-based moisturizer not only soothes the skin but doesn’t wear off throughout the day. Everyone’s skin is different, so it’s hard to make a good suggestion on what you should use, particularly on the face, but here is a list of good facial moisturizers for Black Women. Have you checked out Elle Vie’s body butter for your body though?

2. Drink lots of water and consume foods with high water content. Hydration for the skin and hair starts from within. Take care of your insides and watch your skin flourish on the outside. TIP: Try 16oz of Celery Juice every morning before you eat.

3. Cover up! Cold air dries the skin. Layers, hats, and gloves protect your skin from the cold weather and help to lock in moisture. Don’t be that person with the dry, cracked hands because you forgot your gloves! I empathize, but ashy still aint classy!

4. Get a humidifier. If the heat in your home makes the air too dry and causes dry skin, invest in a humidifier to put some moisture back in the air. Switching between the extreme cold air and the heat is a big irritant of black skin in the winter time.

5. Try a body butter! This tip is a personal favorite I found, not that I have a bias or anything. The premise behind this tip is that body butters are often made from natural and organic ingredients and thus are not as harsh on the skin as some over the counter products. As Black Women are skin tends to be slightly more sensitive, so try finding a product made with you in mind.

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Stay warm, Ladies.
- Vida