The cold weather is here, and with it comes dry, puffy, itchy and even cracked skin. If you want to survive the winter season without looking like a dried-up prune, then you need to follow these 7 skin care tips!
Winter Skin Care Tip #1 – Moisturize
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Keeping your skin well-hydrated is essential for preventing flaking and cracking. Use a good quality moisturizer that contains humectants like hyaluronic acid or glycerin to lock moisture into your skin all day long. Don’t forget about the rest of your body when taking care of your face – use body lotion all over after bathing or showering to keep dryness at bay. This will help prevent itchy red patches from forming on various parts of your body.
Tip #2 – Exfoliate
Exfoliate regularly. Dead skin cells don’t just flake off on their own in the winter months – they need some help! Regular exfoliation will remove dulling dead cells, leaving you with smooth, healthy-looking skin underneath. There are a variety of ways to exfoliate, including scrubs, brushes, and peels. You can even make your own homemade exfoliating scrub using ingredients like sugar or coffee grounds.
Tip #3 – Gentle Cleansing
Be gentle with your skin while cleansing it in the shower or bath. Avoid hot showers or baths, which can irritate dry skin even more. Opt for lukewarm water instead, which will be gentler on your skin. The hot water strips away the natural oils that protect your skin, leaving it dry and susceptible to irritation. In addition, hot showers can cause redness and inflammation, especially for people with sensitive skin. Choose face and body washes with moisturizing properties and without drying ingredients such as glycolic acid.
Tip #4 – SPF Lip Balm
Keep lips moisturized by using a lip balm with SPF protection in it every day. The sun’s rays can be even more damaging to skin when the air is cold and dry, so protecting yourself with an SPF lip balm is essential during winter!
Tip #5 – Sun Protection
Sun protection is often overlooked in the cold winter months. Wearing a brimmed hat can help keep the sun’s rays at bay which is just as important during the cold months as it is in the summer.
Tip #6 – Wind Protection
As mentioned in Tip #4, the cold and dry winter air can be harsh on the skin. Add to that a winter wind and you have a recipe for chapped and even cracked skin. Wear gloves and a hat whenever you go outside in the cold weather to keep your skin protected from wind burn and help prevent chapped hands and cheeks.
Tip #7 – Facials
Facials are an important part of any skincare routine, but they are often neglected during the winter months. Facials can help to exfoliate dead skin cells, deeply cleanse pores, and hydrate dry skin. They can also help to improve circulation and brighten your complexion. By getting a customized facial at New Leaf Spa & Laser, we can tailor a facial for any specific skin concerns you may have.
With these winter skin care tips, and a little help from New Leaf Spa & Laser, you’ll be able to survive the cold months looking healthy and glowing! Visit www.NewLeafNewU.com for more information and to schedule your appointment!