When the days grow shorter and temperatures drop outside, you know dry skin is not too far behind. While winter spurs a fun all its own, the season can also wreak havoc on your skin. The whipping wind chaps your skin outside, and the dry indoor heat generated from fireplaces and heaters only makes matters worse. We recommend these essential tips to survive the dry skin season.
1) Stay Hydrated
We tend to be less conscious of our water intake during the winter. But, well-hydrated skin starts with a well-hydrated body. Be aware of your caffeine intake. All those lattes and coffees can dry out your skin from the inside. Instead drink plenty of water, hot herbal teas, or freshly-pressed juices.
2) Shorten Showers
Those long, hot showers to let the stress of the day melt away are nothing short of sumptuously soothing. But they can be the exact opposite of what your skin needs.
Hot water removes the skin’s natural oils at a faster rate than cold water. So those steaming showers remove moisture from your skin, leaving it dehydrated and even more vulnerable when you’re heading out into the winter elements. To solve this, cut your shower time a little shorter and turn the faucet from hot to warm.
Also, when toweling off, pat your skin dry instead of rubbing. This combination will go a long way toward retaining your skin’s moisture.
3) Choose Mild Soap
To steer clear of germs, especially since the winter months are prime time for cold and flu viruses, most people stock up on antibacterial soap. Unfortunately, doing so can do a number on your skin.
Experts warn that antibacterial and deodorant soaps rob your skin of essential oils, leaving them prone to chafing and irritation in the frigid months.
To save your skin, trade the antibacterial and fancy deodorant soaps for those that are milder and unscented (or at least those with a lighter scent).
4) Moisturize Often
It’s vital that your skin retains its moisture in the winter months to prevent or soothe chafing. Applying a moisturizer throughout the day, especially after showering, helps you do just that. If your skin leans more toward oily, no problem. Simply choose a moisturizer that won’t block your pores.
5) Moisturize Your Hands
Washing our hands often causes raw, dry skin. Keep a bottle of hand lotion at your desk and inside your purse or laptop bag. If your hands are extra dry, apply a layer of moisturizer before bed and slip on a pair of silk gloves.
6) Change Your Skincare Routine
Switch to richer day and night creams to help add extra moisture to your skin. Avoid harsh exfoliation treatments, as they can damage fragile, dry skin. Switch to gentler exfoliating products and only use them once a week. Also consider adding in a soothing, hydrating mask before bed to calm any redness and treat dry areas.
At Vibrance MedSpa, we offer specialized skin care products and can help you develop a custom routine for your skin type.
7) Pay Attention to What You're Wearing
When skin is dry, clothes can easily create added irritation, causing itchiness and redness. Wear soft fabrics close to your skin like cotton and silks. Wash all clothes with a gentle, fragrance-free detergent. Make sure to wear layers when going out. Gloves, hats, and scarves all protect the skin.
8) Use Sunscreen
The sun’s rays are still harmful during the winter. UVA rays reflect off the snow and penetrate the skin, causing aging skin and skin cancer. Select a hydrating and healing sunscreen with SPF 30 and apply throughout the day.
Our skin care experts at Vibrance MedSpa are here to help your skin survive the winter. Give us a call or stop by to try our products and services for glowing, hydrated, and healthy skin all year long.