Winter means cold weather for most of the country, and with winter in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about changing your skin care regimen for the cold, dry months ahead. While many will be sporting rosy cheeks during the winter, many people will also suffer from dry skin, an uncomfortable condition where the skin can feel like sandpaper and even become flaky.
To combat dry skin, you’ll need to alter how you care for your skin. This doesn’t mean a drastic change, just some little things you can do that will make a big difference. Here are some tips to help you combat dry skin this winter.
- See a skin care professional. This can include anyone from a dermatologist to an aesthetician. A professional can analyze your skin, look at your current skin care regimen and give you tips on what you should be doing differently. Don’t worry about having to buy expensive skin products if you have mild or moderate dry skin. There are many affordable products on the market your skin care professional can recommend.
- Switch from water-based moisturizer to oil-based. The moisturizer you use during the hot months of summer might not work as well during the winter. Oil-based moisturizers will create a protective seal over your skin, sheltering it from the dry air. Oil-based moisturizers also retain their moisture over a longer period of time. Keep in mind, however, that not all oils are made equally. Some oils are known to clog skin pores, which can lead to other problems. Look for moisturizers that are non-clogging, like avocado oil, mineral oil or primrose oil.
- Use a humidifier. A humidifier will raise the humidity level in your home, making the air much more comfortable for your skin. You can get a portable humidifier that is good for small areas, like a bedroom. Or you can buy a whole-house humidifier that is installed with your home’s furnace. Even raising the humidity level a little can make a big difference in your comfort level.
- Drink plenty of water. Believe it or not, staying hydrated on the inside of your body will also keep your skin hydrated. Try to drink eight 8-ounces glasses per day. This is a general recommendation that is easy to remember.
- Exfoliate your skin. Skin cells regenerate about once every 27 days. But the old skin cells don’t just disappear. By exfoliating your skin, you’re getting rid of the old skin cells, allowing your skin to breathe easier and absorb moisture more efficiently. Because everyone’s skin is different, it’s best to talk to a skin care professional about how often you should exfoliate.
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Let us help you keep your skin healthy this winter. We have treatments that can benefit all skin types, from facials to chemical peels. Our aesthetician will help you take better care of your skin by offering advice and product recommendations.
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