Pink, rosy cheeks from being outdoors are typical at this time of year. While the cool, crisp temps are refreshing and invigorating for the soul, they can unfortunately do a number on your skin.

Itchy, dry, dull skin is common during the winter months due to cold air, wind, and indoor heat. Sunburns are common also as people are often lax about sunscreen when it’s not hot out.

Simple, small changes though made to your regular routine can have your winter skin feeling “ahh,” and looking more “ooh-la la”!

  1. Rethink your baths and showers.
    As excessive moisture dries skin out, take quicker baths and showers at this time of year. Slather on a good body moisturizer as soon as you get out and while skin is still damp.
  2. Invest in a humidifier.
    Humidifiers can help alleviate a host of medical issues, including sore throat and cold symptoms, but it will also help your skin stay soft and supple. Running it during the night as you sleep is an easy way to pamper your skin with extra moisture.
  3. Check the ingredients.
    Make sure that alcohol is not one of the main ingredients in your facial moisturizer and that it has soothing, emollient properties listed. One that is thick, mild, and fragrance-free is your best bet during the winter. In fact, the thicker and greasier the lotion, the better off you are. If your skin is oily though, look for oil-free, or non-comedogenic versions.
  4. Pretend like it’s summer.
    Applying sunscreen during the winter is just as important as any other time of year. Remember to use it daily on all exposed areas if you are going to be outdoors, at least SPF-30. And hats do double-duty by keeping your head warm and your face protected from harmful rays.
  5. Eat and drink up.
    Staying hydrated will help your skin retain moisture as will eating foods rich in dietary fatty acids and omegas like fish, nuts, avocados, and certain fortified whole grains.

Make sure your clothing is comfortable too. Light breathable layers that you can pile on, or remove as needed, are ideal. Scarves are great for bundling up just about any body part and protecting them from wind…and don’t forget your gloves as hands can get especially dry and chapped when it’s cold.

If you are having any winter-weather skin issues, please contact Wellspring Aesthetics for an appointment so we can assist you with a customized skincare plan.

(Courtesy of Everyday Health)

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