As the weather turns colder, skincare needs change. Whether it’s dry skin from the lack of moisture in the air or cracked hands and cuticles, it’s important to manage the first signs of irritation to avoid further discomfort. Dry skin can be painful and prevents you from fully enjoying the beauty of the fall and winter seasons. Curious about how you can protect your skin from the effects of cooler, drier air? These next few tips can help.
Cool, fall air means less moisture, which directly impacts your skin. Moisture keeps your skin soft and supple, so without humidity in the air, your skin dries out and cracks more easily. This is why it’s so important to moisturize throughout the year, but especially during the fall and winter months. Depending on how dry your skin is, apply liberal amount of a thick water-based cream right after a bath or shower. This method helps lock in the moisture into your skin. Moisturization is particularly necessary if you suffer from eczema, as dry skin exacerbates the condition and increases the risk of infection.
If dry skin is your main problem this fall, don’t forget to exfoliate! Proper exfoliation removes any dead skin cells from the surface, leaving a smoother, softer layer beneath. A key piece of advice for exfoliating in winter? Don’t overdo it. Too much exfoliation can irritate already dry skin. The best practice is to keep a consistent exfoliation routine complemented with regular moisturization. If your lips are constantly chapped, consider adding in an exfoliation treatment in addition to your current moisturizer.
As mentioned above, one of the biggest culprits of wintertime skincare woes has to do with the lack of humidity in the air. Luckily, there are simple ways to add some moisture back into the skin. Invest in a small humidifier for your bedroom and run it while you sleep to keep your skin from drying out overnight. You can also do this if you have younger children, especially if they suffer from eczema or another skin condition that’s made worse by dry air.
Finally, don’t overestimate the value of drinking enough water during the fall and winter months. Hydration is necessary for the renewal and regeneration of all the cells in your body, including skin cells. Not only does water make you feel better, it also improves your skin’s appearance. Like topical moisturizers, hydration adds much needed moisture from the inside. The result is softer, less parched skin that is so common in colder weather.
Combine cleansing, hydration and exfoliation with a soothing and relaxing hydrafacial! Hydrafacials are non-invasive hydradermabrasion treatments that can help rejuvenate your skin to protect against the effects of winter weather. And the best part – you can see beautiful, clearer skin after just one treatment.
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