The Winter Blues: Imperfect Skin

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The Winter Blues: Imperfect Skin

The winter weather is undeniably taxing, and its effects can be felt most on your skin. Not only does your luscious golden glow fade into a dry, fluorescent pale, but your face can become speckled with the vestiges of acne, otherwise known as annoying red spots.


Many people suffer from acne way beyond teenage years. Instead of caking on concealer and foundation—which can be extremely noticeable—there are other ways to help your skin regain some of its fantastic glow and clarity before the summer rolls around again.

There are of course some obvious skin fixes to note, such as cleaning your makeup brushes, applying sunscreen, and cleaning your phone and other surfaces your face touches regularly. Despite the fact that the Philadelphia climate is not currently conducive to tanning, sunscreen is still a critical measure during winter: it both protects your skin and prevents wrinkles. You may think that turning to anti-wrinkle cream in a few years is going to save the day, but spare yourself the trouble now and try a foundation with a low SPF.


There are a few other things to keep in mind when trying to better your skin, and a lot have to do with diet. Obviously, it’s important to eat your vegetables because they have antioxidants that help your skin. On the other hand, dairy should actually be avoided: many dairy products contain cow hormones, which cause your body to produce oils that clog your pores and lead to breakouts. I guess that means to cut back on the tomato and mozz.

It’s also important to exercise daily. Exercise is good for every part of your body, and especially your skin: not only does movement decrease anxiety (yet another cause of acne), but it also helps to promote blood flow and the production of sweat, which releases toxins and keeps your complexion strong.

Ultimately, no matter its natural type or color, it’s important to care for your skin. While makeup and tanning may seem like a wonderful idea now, the skin you have is the skin you’re stuck with—so it’s best to protect it.

-Jordan Hillier

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