Cold, dry winter weather can do a number on your skin. You might notice more dry, flaky skin, chapped lips, worsening eczema, and cracked heels. It is important to know how to care for your dry skin during this time.
Today, Emerge Medical Spa discusses some ways to care for your skin in the winter.
Limit Hot Showers
Long, hot showers are tempting when the weather is cold, but hot water can actually strip your skin of its natural oils. Those luxurious showers could be making your skin worse. One way to combat this is to try to limit hot showers to 10 minutes or use slightly cooler water when showering.
Use Moisturizing Cleansers
Make sure face and body cleaners are gentle and moisturizing, so they are not unnecessarily stripping skin of hydration.
Use Hypoallergenic/Fragrance-Free Moisturizers
Avoid using harsh fragrances and chemicals on already compromised skin. Dry winter skin can be easily irritated. Use high-quality hypoallergenic lotions to lock in moisture without unnecessary oils and fillers.
Moisturize Immediately After Washing
Those hot showers are tempting, so just be sure to moisturize immediately after to keep your skin from drying out. Because winter air is dryer, your skin dries out more readily.
Use Thick Creams Instead of Lotion
Creams are excellent for skin hydration and create a barrier on your skin that locks in moisture. Creams are much thicker and heavier than typical lotions and last longer as they are difficult to simply wash off.
Use Light Exfoliation
Gentle exfoliation can help remove dead skin, but avoid over-scrubbing with exfoliating pads or cleansers. This can irritate dry skin leaving it red and inflamed.
Continue to Use Sunscreen
Winter isn’t a time you think to protect your skin from the sun, but sunscreen is essential year-round. Though the air is chilly, the UV rays from sunlight can still damage your skin and can actually bounce off the snow on clear days. Use a moisturizer with added sunscreen or a separate sunscreen to protect your skin,
Use a Humidifier
Using a humidifier in your home can keep the air from being so dry. In the wintertime, our heaters are constantly running, which can wreak havoc on our skin. A humidifier puts moisture back into the air, providing great benefits for your skin, hair, and sinuses.
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At Emerge Medical & Well Spa, our professionals can help you care for your dry winter skin. Contact us online to book an appointment and learn more about our services.