Is the ever changing winter weather getting your skin down? Today our in house esthetics pro Crystal Davis of VIP Esthetics stops by to fill us in on how to keep our skin looking and feeling it’s best, even during the winter.
Cold weather may leave your face, hands, and skin looking and feeling dull and lifeless. The drop in temperature causes the top layer of your skin to lose it’s oil, which helps hold in moisture. Dry skin leads to flaking, cracking, and even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed). Here are my tips to help battle dry winter skin.
1. Seek Help
Seek advice from your esthetician. They can do a skin analysis to try and help solve any issues you may be encountering, and guide you in your skin care regimen.
Moisturizing should be a part of EVERYBODY’S daily skin care routine, no matter your skin type. Even those with normal to oily skin should use a daily moisturizer. Moisturizing can be the key to making your skin look and feel better, especially during the winter months. If you have sensitive skin, look for a moisturizer that is fragrance free with little to no preservatives. Both can cause your skin more irritation.
3. Apply Sunscreen
Applying sunscreen is not something we all think about during the winter. Most people only think to wear sunscreen if we have a day of fun in the sun planned. To avoid damage from the sun, make sunscreen a part of your daily skin care routine – no matter the season. Don’t forget your ears and into your hairline when applying.
4. Use a Humidifier
Central heating systems and space heaters cause the air in our homes to dry out. Use a humidifier to put moisture back in the air and in your skin. If you don’t have a humidifier, boil a pot of water and the steam will add moisture to the air.
5. Avoid Extremely Hot Baths
A super hot bath or shower can actually break down the lipid barrier in our skin, which could cause it to lose moisture. Be sure to moisturize immediately afterward while your skin is still somewhat damp to lock in the moisture throughout the day or night.
Be sure you are getting the appropriate amount of water daily. If you divide your body weight by two, that is how many ounces of water you should drink per day. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, divided by two is 60, and that is how many ounces of water your body needs daily. Drinking plenty of water is good for your overall health, and will improve the texture and appearance of your skin.
Thank you so much for that helpful information, Crystal! If you have questions or are interested in a skin analysis or one of Crystal’s many other services, please call her at 417-485-4847 or visit her website: VIPesthetics.com