There’s chapstick in your pocket and hand lotion in your purse. You wear gloves and scarves and extra layers, but no matter what, your skin is chapped and dry. Sound familiar?
Health.com explains: “The air is frigid and dry outside, and any kind of indoor heat leaves it even more parched. Your skin’s protective barrier cracks, making it less able to repair itself,” says San Francisco dermatologist Katie Rodan, MD. “It becomes a vicious cycle unless you do something to prevent it—or treat it fast.”
What can be done to soothe winter skin? Read our professional tips below:
Pampering Winter Skin
- Moisturize Better: If you’re finding that your winter moisturizing routine just isn’t cutting it, try an oil-based moisturizer. (Hint: some “night creams” are actually oil-based moisturizers.) Just be careful to use non-pore clogging, natural moisturizers on your face such as avocado, mineral, primrose, or almond oil. You can also look for “humectants” a class of chemicals including glycerine, sorbitol and alpha-hydroxy acids that attract moisture to your skin. (Check out our specialized products here)
- Use your sunscreen: Winter sun and snow glare can still damage exposed parts of your skin (like cheekbones and hands). Don’t forget to reapply if you’re out playing in the snow for a while.
- Avoid Irritation: Wet gloves and socks not only make you colder, but they can chafe your skin. So can woolen garments and exposure to wind. Wear a light cotton layer underneath any wool garments, cover up from the gusts, and stay dry!
- Hook up the humidifier: heaters leach the moisture from the air. Having a humidifier on can help. They also make humidifiers that fit in regular drinking bottles! A cheap hack is to boil some water on your stove.
- Mix it up: While dermatologists recommend using exfoliators to lift off debris so lotions can sink in deeply, regularly using harsh astrigents, toners, or skin peels can be hard on your skin during an extra dry winter. Instead at your next spa appointment, ask for a moisturizing mask or milk cleanse.
- Seek a Specialist: Finally, WebMD recommends finding a pro, “If you go to your local drugstore, you’ll be hard put to find a salesperson who can give you good advice. That’s why going to an aesthetician or dermatologist even once is a good investment. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.”
If you’d like some extra pampering this winter, contact Skin Allure MedSpa in New York. We’d love to get you ready for bikini season!