As temperatures get cooler there are a few things we need to keep in mind to help our skin stay immune to the cold whipping winds and desert-like heating. In the winter months, the air becomes frigid and dry, resulting in our need to seek warmth indoors. The problem with heating is, like the cold air, it can cause our skins protective barrier to dry out and crack. Easing dry skin is dependent on more than just applying moisturizers it depends on other lifestyle choices as well. Combat the painful cracking, itchy, dry skin this winter with these 5 helpful tips.
Too hot, too cold or just right?
Everyone loves a long, steamy shower, but is using hot water really good for your skin?
Don’t: Avoid using hot water when you shower. Showering with hot water strips your skin of its natural oil barrier, which helps keep your skin moist and smooth.
Do: Take a short, warm shower. Turning down the temperature of your shower and keep the shower short, will help treat your dry skin.
Rules of Moisturizing
Since the weather has changed, so too should your skin care routine.
Don’t: Avoid moisturizers that are water-based, as they will not provide ample support for your skin barrier.
Do: Use a moisturizer that is oil-based. Look for rich moisturizers that contain Shea butter, glycerin or ceramides.
Cleanse gently – When you’re cleansing your face and body, you should be careful about the types of cleansers and astringents you use.
Don’t: Avoid overusing toners, peels and other astringents that contain alcohol. Also avoid over-exfoliating, which can cause the skin to thicken.
Do: Use a non-soap liquid cleanser when you shower. Products that contain fragrances and other additives can be harsh on your skin, so buy cleansers that contain ceramides.
Everyone loves a close shave, but shaving can strip our skin of its natural oils.
Don’t: Avoid using a dull razor, as it can cause additional irritation. Make sure that you change your razor blades often and to soak your blades in alcohol after every use.
Do: Always shave with shaving cream or gel, and shave in the direction the hair grows. It is best to shave after a shower, as the hair is softer and more pliable.
Humidity in the Winter
When you heat your home in the winter months, you’re removing the moisture from the air, which results in dry skin.
Don’t: Avoid leaving your heater on, as it will dry the moisture in your home.
Do: Use a humidifier to replenish your home when it’s missing moisture. You want to aim for an indoor humidity level of about 50%.
If you find yourself continuing to struggle with dry and irritated skin it may be time to speak with our esthetician. We are proud to offer a variety of services to meet all your skin care needs and help keep you not only feeling but also looking your best. Just a few of our many services include, Cosmetic Injections and Dermal Fillers, Laser Treatments, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning, Facials, and even skin-rejuvenating Makeup. No matter what your skin care needs are, Premier Medical is here for you.