Remember bundling up for winter–only to look (and feel) like a giant marshmallow? Nowadays staying warm, dry, and comfortable is as simple as puffing on the latest (and greatest) in high-tech, low-bulk gear. Don’t worry: This simply translates to clothing and footwear made from fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin while letting the wind and wet nowhere near your body.
Wearing clothing that performs will give you the freedom to get outside and pursue your favorite activity, whether it’s taking a family ski vacation or walking to your neighborhood’s newest hot spot. And with warm fingers and toes (and everything in between), you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite activities longer. Here’s how to dress for success when facing the elements:
stop the wind and water. Don’t let snow, sleet, or rain prevent you from snowshoeing, mountain biking, or walking in the woods. For the ultimate in head-to-toe warmth and dryness, look for hats, gloves, apparel and footwear with the GORE-TEX[R] membrane. With 9 billion tiny pores per square inch–each pore is 20,000 times smaller than a water droplet–water and wind don’t stand a chance of passing through to the skin. And yet GORE-TEX[R] fabric is highly breathable: These same minuscule openings allow your body’s perspiration to escape, so you don’t get clammy and uncomfortable. (See gore-tex.com for more info on products and how this technology works.)
opt for easy care. Free time is at a premium. Who wants to spend their Saturday doing high-maintenance laundry or running up bills at the dry cleaners? Look for performance garments like GORE-TEX[R] outerwear. They can be tossed in the washing machine and tumbled dry warm. In fact, washing and drying renews their repellency. And that leaves you more time for hitting the cross-country trails or making a snowman with your children.
opt for fashion with functionality. It’s not stylish to show up anywhere sopping wet. The best fashion houses understand the need for clothing that is waterproof, windproof, and breathable, so they’ve started adding GORE-TEX[R] fabrics to their clothing lines. So now you can walk down the rainy streets of Seattle or ski the blustery slopes of Vermont feeling prepared to face the elements.
With a relentless dedication to quality, combined with constant innovation and high-performance standards, you can be assured that the selection of a GORE-TEX[R] product is an investment in comfort.
Keep Your Skin Soft, Too!
While slushy sidewalks and higher heating bills may remain everyday winter concerns, dry, itchy skin doesn’t have to. With a little understanding of what happens when the seasons change–along with some extra TLC–now you can make sure your skin stays luxuriously soft.
That “parched-Sahara” look and feel come when the harsh elements, cold temps, and lower humidity sap the skin’s moisture. Add to that the cranked-up thermostats in our homes and you have a recipe for skin that needs relief.
With a few small changes, your skin can be soft all day. The most important place to start is with your cleansing routine: Reach for a nourishing, gentle body wash that will act as an ally to your skin. (Harsh, irritating ingredients will only conspire to strip your natural protective oils.) Because it’s so mild and gentle, Aveeno [R] Skin Relief Body Wash earns accolades from dermatologists. (It’s also fragrance-, soap-, and dye-free, so it’s sensitive-skin-friendly, too.) Made with oatmeal–it provides a wealth of natural sustenance for the skin. That key ingredient has long been prized as a natural exfoliant, skin soother, and dry-skin reliever.
Once you’ve chosen a gentle, natural cleanser, you’re well on your way to soft, supple skin. But be sure to take in this additional expert advice for weatherproofing your skin:
conserve water–and your skin. Hot water–though it may take the chill off–can strip the protective oils from your skin. It’s best to lather up in a warm bath or shower (dermatologists recommend limiting your time in the tub or shower to three minutes, and bathing only once a day, if possible).
avoid the scrub, Just as you want to think gentle when it comes to products, think gentle when applying them to your skin. Overscrubbing can wash away the skin’s protective oils. If necessary, use a loofah, but only on rough areas like elbows, knees, and feet, to buff away dry, flaky skin and rough patches.
make “moisturize” your mantra. The best time to apply body lotion is immediately after a shower or bath, while you’re still damp. If you’re using a product like Aveeno [R] Skin Relief Body Wash, you won’t need to moisturize: Gentle emollients are built into the wash, making it do double duty as a moisturizer. (And by opting for a body wash with a built-in moisturizer, you knock a step off your beauty regimen, which means more time for you in the morning.)