Ah yes, it’s that time of year when our skin can be at its worst. The days are short and cold, the nights are long and cold. We heat our houses to keep warm, spending most of our hours inside, with warm, dry air. Our lips tend to chap, our hands get dry and our skin can even get flaky.
We try our best to keep our skin moist with lotions and other products, but still we don’t feel like our skin has its natural glow that we see in more hospitable weather.
This month, we’re going to look at some ways that we can take the best possible care of our skin in the trying winter months.
From Head to Toe, Keeping All Your Skin Healthy
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First of all, everyone’s skin is different. This means that there are different skin care products that will be effective for each of us during the dry winter months. There are tons of moisturizing and skin care products on the market, and it’s hard to know what will work.
You can’t go wrong consulting with a dermatologist or other skin-care specialist. Even just one visit can point you in the right direction in terms of how to take care of your winter skin.
I will happily answer any skin-care questions you may have this winter and point you in the right direction. Write me an email, post on my Facebook, or comment on this blog with your questions. Better yet, you can make an appointment for a consultation and we can set up the best treatment for you this winter.
Aesthetic Medicine at Phoenician call: 620-669-7200
Our first instinct, and rightly so, is to go for the moisturizers during this time of dry air. You’ll need to moisturize your skin, all over, and often. Before bed is an especially good time to moisturize, since you’ll be in that dry air for at least the hours that you sleep. However, you’ll want to carefully select the products you use. Generally, oil-based products work much better than water-based ones. Not all oils are meant to use on your face. You’ll want to use an oil-based moisturizer that doesn’t clog your pores. Look for non-clogging oils, like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil.
In the winter, we don’t sweat as much and so we won’t feel as inclined to drink water. You should definitely be making drinking plenty of water a skin-care priority. Keep up with eight to ten glasses of water a day. This will make sure your skin in getting hydration from the inside, not just the outside through moisturizers.
When we’re inside during the winter, our heating systems are blowing hot, dry air for us. This is good! We need to stay warm and dry. Just remember that this air will dry out your skin. You can counter the effect of being inside this winter by getting a humidifier (or a few) for your home. There are plenty of options out there, ranging from very inexpensive to very expensive that can re-moisturize the air in your home. Find one that works for you, and your skin will thank you.
Keep Covered Outside
It can be a hassle to always grab gloves for your hands and a scarf for your face when you go out in the cold. But not only will these items keep you warm, but they will protect your skin from harsh winds blowing cold and dry air. Keep as much of your body covered as you can when you venture out into the cold, and the covering will keep your skin warm, hydrated, and happy.
A steaming hot bath or shower can be very appealing at this time of year. But, very hot water works to remove more of your skin’s natural oils. Washing and bathing in water that’s closer to lukewarm will remove less of these essential oils. This will help your skin to retain more natural moisture and reduce the side effects of dry air.
No doubt you know what happens when your skin dries. Cracked peelings lips and dry flaky skin are the hallmarks of winter for many. You’ll need to get rid of that dead skin so your body can produce new healthy skin. This is why we exfoliate.
We need carefully exfoliate with products that aren’t harsh on our skin. We need to space out how often we exfoliate too, as we don’t want to remove those healthy oils when we do. Think once a week exfoliation rather than daily.
I can help you exfoliate with a carefully done chemical peel. These will work excellently for you this winter, so check out the Top 10 Reasons to Get a Chemical Peel.
I have a 10% off special in January that would include a chemical peel at the Phoenician Salon here in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Looking for some more advice that’s specific to areas of your body, like your eyes and fingernails? Check out these tips for winter skin care
Perfect Your Winter Care Routine and Perfect Your Skin
By taking these items above into consideration, we can provide excellent care for our skin this winter. Let’s not have to worry about dry and cracked skin, let’s get that bright glow that we love. As long as we do the basic care, our skin will thank us.
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Best wishes for a happy, healthy January,