Winter Skin Woes

Winter just began a couple a weeks ago can you believe it! It’s so chilly it seems like it’s been Winter for months! With the cold months ahead, one thing you can be sure of is dry, itchy and sometimes flaky skin. NOT a good time. Basically your skin dries out due to a lack of humidity. The air is dry; your skin is dry. It’s as simple as that.

So what can you do? Here are some basic tips that will help.

1. Moisturize- A lot! You are hopefully applying moisturizer to your face at least once a day but now maybe apply a few times if you can. At least 2. Usually you want to stay away from an oil based moisturizer, depending on your skin type of course, but for the winter, it really can help your skin. It adds a protective layer and shields your skin from the harsh dry air. The best time to moisturize your face and body is right when you get out of the shower. The warm water opens up your pores and allows the product to absorb deeper into the layers of your skin.

2. Sunscreen No, sunscreen is not just for  summer! You should be wearing sunscreen on your face every single day no matter what the weather is like, and on any other exposed areas as well. You should be wearing at least an SPF 15 but SPF 30 should really be the way to go. Anything higher than that doesn’t do much more at all, contrary to popular belief. It’s mostly marketing. Many people don’t understand that SPF (sun protection factor), means the amount of time you can spend in the direct sunlight before you have to re-apply. For example; SPF 30 means you can spend about 30-45 minutes before you need to re-apply your sunscreen. If you are just in and out of the sun throughout the day for short periods of time, applying once in the morning is efficient. So an SPF 75 etc. is not stronger. It only means it lasts a little more time protecting you before you need to re-apply.

3. Fish-Oil- This vitamin supplement contains Omega-3 fatty-acids which aids in moisturizing your skin from the inside out.

4. Exfoliate- Be sure to exfoliate your face and body at least once a week to shed a layer off your epidermis to allow moisturizers to penetrate deep into your skin.

Also remember your skin my also be dry if you’re using your heater a lot in your home. Using a humidifier is a good way to help balance the air. Try to take showers or baths using luke-warm water. I know it’s not easy trust me, I like a super hot shower but your skin doesn’t. Hot water is definitely a huge culprit in drying out your skin.

Any questions? I’m a licensed skin care therapist and I will try to answer anything I can for you. Thanks for reading!

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