Although a joyous time for holiday cheer and new beginnings, winter has a long history of being not so kind to our skin. The drop in humidity and temperature leaves skin feeling parched, rough and sometimes itchy. To keep dry skin at bay and restore a nourished complexion, adjusting your skin care products and daily habits is a must.
Beat the winter skin blues and get your glow back with these skin care tips for relieving and preventing dry skin:
1. Fight off flakes with a thick moisturizer.
A good quality moisturizer is one of the most vital components of your winter skin care regimen. If your go-to is a lightweight lotion, consider switching it up with a thick cream rich in ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help trap moisture and protect your skin’s barrier. Make sure when you’re moisturizing daily, you’re also covering all your bases: arms, legs, hands, face and lips. One of the best ways to seal in extra moisture is to moisturize within five minutes of drying off after a shower or washing your hands or face.
2. Dial down the temperature.
Before you slather on any hefty creams, be aware of your bathing routine. It’s best to avoid taking long, hot showers which only worsen dryness by stripping your skin’s sebum. Instead, limit your shower time to only 10 minutes a day using lukewarm water. And while you’re lathering, opt for a fragrance-free soap to steer clear of any further irritation or dryness.
3. Restore moisture with a humidifier.
Humidifiers do wonders to ward off dry skin, as long as you keep them clean. Consider placing humidifiers throughout the main rooms of your home to help put moisture back into the air.
4. Switch up your skin care routine.
While it’s helpful to learn which hydration-boosting elements to look for in a product (jojoba oil, glycerin, mineral oil, shea butter, etc.), it’s just as important to know what not to put on your skin. Winter is the ideal time to put a pause on any exfoliating products or those containing these drying ingredients: alcohol, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) and fragrances. Not sure where to look for the right products? At Skin Care Institute, we only offer medical-grade skin care solutions we truly believe in, which is why we carry clinically proven brands such as Colorescience®, EltaMD®, Revision Skincare®, SkinCeuticals® and SkinMedica®. Visit our online store and schedule your skin care consultation with our experts to learn which products are right for you!
5. Rehydrate with a HydraFacial®!
Getting your winter skin glow on is as simple as scheduling a HydraFacial. It’s true! HydraFacial’s advanced hydradermabrasion technology offers immediate benefits to the tone and texture of your skin without invasive measures or downtime. Combining cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and infusion into one treatment, HydraFacial helps loosen debris and infuses skin with detoxifying and replenishing nutrients. After your relaxing, 45-minute facial treatment, you’ll enjoy an instantly brighter, smoother complexion. So, whether you’re just in the mood for radiant skin or have an event you want to turn heads for, you can book your HydraFacial and see results within the same day!