Winter is here and your summer glow is officially gone. As the cold creeps into your bones, so does the cooler, drier air that strips away moisture, leading to dry skin that reddens, itches, peels, or cracks during the winter months. But don’t let dry, peeling skin ruin your cool this winter – read on to learn how you can keep your skin feeling and looking hydrated from dawn ‘til dusk.
In the morning
Start the day by giving your face an infusion of hydration. Wash with a gentle, unscented cleanser that will not further irritate dry skin. Fragrances and additives can strip skin of the natural oils it needs to stay hydrated – instead, look for a face cleanser with natural, soothing ingredients such as milk, chamomile, or oatmeal. And don’t forget the sunscreen! Winter sun can be just as damaging to your skin as summer sun can be, so slather on a protective SPF layer 30 minutes before you step outside. Give your hands and feet an extra barrier against the cold by wearing warm socks and gloves during the winter months. You have thinner skin on your hands and feet, which allows the most heat to escape from these areas of your body. Exposure to bracing winds and cold air will cause redness, dryness, and chapping to your hands and feet. And for the final touch, dab on a layer of lip balm for a kiss of hydration.
During the day
When it is icy cold outside, we know you want to stay toasty warm inside. But a central indoor heating system leaches moisture from the air and from your skin, leaving you feeling dry and itchy. Try using a humidifier inside during the day to circulate more moisture throughout the air. And keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating foods that have a high water content, such as grapefruit, cucumbers, green peppers, and tomatoes. Adequate hydration is the foundation for healthy skin. If your hands are particularly sensitive to the cold, dry air, then smooth on a gentle moisturizer after each hand-washing to keep the skin from cracking or peeling.
After a long, cold day out and about, a hot bath or shower feels wonderful. But hot water can exacerbate dry skin, so during the winter months keep your showers and baths quick and opt for lukewarm water and mild soaps. If your skin is especially dry, chapped, or flaky, skip an exfoliating scrub that will rub harshly against sensitive skin. Moisturize directly after bathing, when the dampness of your skin will help lock in hydrating agents. Use an oil-based cream or ointment with hydrating and skin soothing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and petrolatum.
Over the weekend
Treat your skin to a little TLC after a long week of braving the cold: Come visit us at Ageless Allure Medispa and indulge in our Brandied Pear Body Wrap, which treats your skin with warm cocoa butters and melted mango for an infusion of hydration that will leave lasting softness. Hands and feet will be wrapped in a natural Honey Glaze, which will soothe and nourish dry skin. Or treat yourself to a Farmhouse Fresh Shea Sugar Smoothie facial: Immerse dry skin in a coconut milk and green tea cleanser, followed by a yogurt mask with honey and oats, and wrapped up with a hydrating Three Milk moisturizer for a natural hydrating treatment. Head over to our Services page now to choose your treatment and then call us at 863-292-1-2317 to schedule an appointment today.