So here I am , excited as a child with a new toy to be attending the Rise to Freedom Summit… in sunny Arizona.
At least that is what my Mentor Kate McShea said.
Talk about perception..
Sunny to me means hot, sunny Trinidad and Tobago, you know… the tropics right?
The long and short of the story was Arizona was sunny for them coming from areas with snow… but not for this island girl.
Thankfully, it was not like England but it was not quite sunny as I expected.
I had layers of clothing including jackets and sweaters but Brrrr….
Boy did my new friends laugh at me….hmm but my skin was protesting this cold onslaught.
Even my normal oily flows retreated… in other words
My skin was just badly drying out despite drinking a lot of water
and the water-based lotions I had with me were no good.
So here I am, excited but cold, drying out and my lips were looking like burnt paper. really…. no exaggeration.
Not to mention that my nose was in great discomfort.
So here are my two painful lessons from the trip that you can use to avoid my pitfalls
Tip#1 :Oil-Based Lotions Rock
Now do not get me wrong, drinking water is crucial to good health and skin but…
There is a big difference between drinking and absorbing water. Without the right amounts of minerals and ions, you are just flushing your system… no hydration
However, in dry cold weather, your skin will be losing a lot of moisture naturally …
Dermatologists call it a reduction in your skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF)
Use more intense richer moisturizers… and use more often ..
This adds more hydration and locks in moisture by protecting from the elements.
There is an excellent line of hydrating products designed specifically for dry or oily skin in dry cold weathers but under the circumstances…
Vaseline worked just as well.
It is also recommended that you use creamy cleansers rather that foamy ones….but remember to change back to normal skincare routine once in your warmer climate to prevent clogged pores and the dreaded breakouts.
Tip # 2 Soft Candle Is My New Best Friend
As I said earlier, my lips hmmm…. looked black and burnt. They were burning and peeling.
Guess what gave me peace and restored my moist lips and stopped the peeling within hours?
Yep, you guessed right, soft candle followed by an equal mixture of olive and coconut oil.
Thankfully, my lips returned to their normal colour in about 2 days.
So as you leave your sunny paradise to go those cooler/colder regions..
Do not forget to pack the lubricating oils and Vaseline ( if you do not have a hydrating lotion specialized to your skin type)
Also, soft candle is a must for your lips aside from your lip balm.
Last but not least use vapor rub (Vix) to ease that congestion pressure on your nostrils. Ent!
There are more but with these basics you will be set. Feel free to share your tips in the comments.
Cheers to safe travels and great looking skin!
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