World Tennis – Magazine

Winter Well-Being

Skin-care consultant Lia Schorr, who has saved many a face in her New York Lexington Avenue saIon, offers tips to protect your skin against winter's ravages:

  • Consume more butter, milk and milk products to help lubricate the skin from within. Increase your intake of vitamins A, C and D by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables to head off winter colds.
  • Shower or bathe no more than once a day. Use a moisture-restoring body cleanser instead of soap and lace bath water with baby oil. Bath water should be not warmer than 104 degrees and long soaks strip skin of oils.
  • The scalp becomes dehydrated in winter (thanks in large measure to artificial heat). Wear a hat outside and apply conditioner after every shampoo.
  • Sunscreen is as important in the winter as it is in the summer. Snow is highly reflective and in combination with wind can really damage skin that's not well moisturized.
  • Don't bathe or wash your face in the half-hour prior to going out in the cold. Water that has moisturized your face will chap the skin when cold air hits it.
  • Coming in from the cold to a warm room expands the blood vessels and capillaries; the tiniest blood transporters can burst as a result of extreme temperature changes with the force of rushing blood. Splash your face with cool water after you've come in from the cold, gradually increasing the temperature