Winter can be very harsh, damaging even, on our skin. Dry air coupled with drastic ups and downs in the weather can take a toll, leaving us redder, flakier, and drier than any other season.
People tend to use more sun creams and lotions in the spring, summer, and fall than winter, since more of their skin is naturally exposed or on purposeful display. We often cover up more in the winter, and can get lax about sunscreens and daily moisturizers.
In an effort to slough off the last of your winter skin and reveal the sunnier, spring skin hiding beneath, many women are turning to a dry-skin brushes and newly popularized trend of derma rollers. While both may seem new to the western hemisphere, they really aren’t new concepts. Women in Asia have long been using brushing, needling, and exfoliating techniques that I was surprised to learn about in my eight+ years living in Thailand and South Korea.
If you have ever been to South Korea, you will see women with some of the most beautifully plump, glowing skin you could imagine. And this is not just true among women in their 20s to 30s, it is also true of women well beyond 50.
They have used techniques like skin brushing and needling (along with facial acupuncture) to not only reduce fines lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture, but also to improve blood circulation, which is pivotal in the skin’s natural repair process.
Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to ditch that winter skin. Here’s how:
If you have the time, these dry-brushes are certainly worth adding to your routine. They can be used for the face and body to improve overall texture, appearance, feel, and blood circulation. Research has also shown dry-brushing is beneficial to cellulite reduction, as it improves our connective tissue that keeps those skin dimples at bay and can stimulate and aid in the natural maintenance of our lymphatic system.
We recommend this best-selling Dry-Brush set:
Spaverde Dry Brushing Body and Face Brush Set (with Bag Included)
Price: 19.95 – 49.99
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If you are looking for the most popular trend to slough off winter skin and keep your skin looking younger, longer, look no further than Microneedle Derma – Rollers.
Derma Rollers have been a hot topic in the discussion on spring skin revival. They model common procedures used by dermatologist at a fraction of the cost. The needles are most often described as a “tickle” on the skin, but not as a painful treatment. Use your best judgment, and don’t overdo it!
Top-selling Derma-Rollers include:
MMUPSCALE 540 Micro Needles Titanium MicroNeedle Derma Roller System. Titanium MicroNeedle Derma Roller 0.25 mm
Safe At Home Use For Skin Care.
Healthy Care New 540 Micro Needles Titanium Microneedle Derma Roller Needle Skin Care, 0.25 mm
DERMA-CIT® 3-In-1 Derma Roller Skincare Kit Titanium Needles (0.5-1.5- 2.0mm)
An entire system, plus serum for under $30.00!
For a quick in-shower, cost effective all-over scrub, try these highly popularized Korean Exfoliating Mitts.
These little mitts are commonly used in Korean bathhouses and at home. If you are looking to reveal a new layer of skin, we suggest spending time in a sauna, hot tub, or hot bath to open the pores and prepare your skin for some serious cleansing. You can also use them on ‘trouble’ areas of the face, like controlling pores on the nose and chin. Be careful not to press too hard and avoid sensitive skin areas or thin skin areas.
For inexpensive at-home exfoliation mitts:
8 pcs Asian Exfoliating Bath Washcloth – Red & Green