Winter Skin Care
Proper winter skin care protects the skin against the effects of
seasonal weather changes.
Protect Your Skin from the
from Seasonal Changes
The winter months can suck all the moisture out of the skin leaving
red, raw, infection prone dry skin.
Use the skin care treatments and
facial care strategies to keep your skin healthy and vibrant all year
skin ravaged by exposure to the elements, especially during the winter
months, can exhibit symptoms that require proactive winter skin care.
These symptoms can include:
- Dry Skin
- Sore, scaly patches
Taking a proactive approach
caring for your skin during these months will help you avoid the worst
impact that winter can have on your skin.
First and foremost, your best defense for winter skin care is
Even during the winter months, you absolutely need to
continue to apply SPF 15 or greater sunscreen
every morning, especially when spending time outside.
You might think the sun's effects are diminished during the winter
months, nothing could be farther from the truth.
The reflection of the
sun off snow and ice can be particularly damaging. Wearing a scarf that
can be easily pulled up to protect the cheeks and bottom portion of
your face is also a helpful preventative measure to limit the skin's
exposure to the elements.
Whether you choose to use a chemical exfoliant such as an AHA product
like glycolic acid
or a mechanical means such as a microdermabrasion treatment or facial
incorporating a means of exfoliation into your routine at least a few
times a week can dramatically improve dry skin.
A weekly facial peel is
also beneficial for overexposed, dry skin.
And for heavens sakes, don't
use any type of astringents or soap. They will only dry out the skin
more. Instead, try using a super rich cleanser such as one with a soy
or oatmeal ingredient to give your skin a conditioning treatment as you
cleanse with a gentle skin care brush like the Clarisonic.
The skin is typically
well hydrated after a warm shower or better yet, give your skin a
weekly steaming facial. Immediately seal
in the moisture with a skin cream rich in emollients. Even a simple natural nut moisturizer oil provides
the skin with essential nutrients and vitamins to keep it healthy.
the skin conditioned while offering protection against the
effects of the cold. The drier the skin becomes, the more frequently a
moisturizer should be applied.
To treat any of those very dry, scaly patches that might develop, use a
petroleum based product on the affected areas before bed.
Believe it or
not, plain old Vaseline works wonders on stubborn dry, cracked, and
Unfortunately, most people cringe at the idea of using
Vaseline on their face, thinking that it will clog pores and, in
general, have a negative effect on the skin.
In a word- untrue!
Finally, for those irritating patches of skin that persistently plague
you despite your best efforts, an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment
has significant healing effects on skin that is cracked, sore and
therefore prone to infection.
the extremely dry, flaking and itchy spots an OTC hydrocortisone cream
can also provide relief from both the itching while diminishing dry,
Please bear in mind that if your condition persists, it is
best to consult with a Physician to find the best remedy for your
particular skin condition.