7 Tips for Weather-Proofing Your Skin this Winter!

Dry skin caused by cold weather can be extremely irritating and sensitive. When the skin is dry it may become itchy and flaky. It may also feel rough or appear chapped and have a dull or lifeless appearance. The skin may appear red and cracked causing it to bleed. In extreme circumstances where home remedies or visiting a certified aesthetician does not help with dry skin discomfort, it may be necessary to see a dermatologist.

Below are a few tips to help with dry skin during the winter months:

  • Stay hydrated. During the winter months, it’s easy to opt for warm comfort beverages such as coffee, tea, and hot chocolate; however, it is important to drink plenty of water as well! Although it is cold and windy outside, which can exacerbate the symptoms of dry skin, many indoor environments have dry air, which in turn can also make dry skin worse.
  • Washing the face with a non-soapy facial cleanser will help with keeping some of the natural oils in the skin.
  • Avoid over-cleansing with scrubs and abrasive cleansers. During winter months washing with abrasive cleansers can strip the skin and damage the cells causing cracked, dull, itchy skin. It is better to use a gentle cleanser.
  • Immediately after cleansing, use a creamy moisturizer to hydrate the skin. The skin is softer and the pores are open after washing, thus the skin is able to receive products better.
  • Hyaluronic acid treatments and hydrating serums such as collagen will help to put extra moisture in the skin.
  • Although it’s tempting, avoid extremely hot showers so that the moisture content in the skin will remain balanced.
  • Using moisture masks weekly or bi-weekly will help to keep the skin hydrated and help with the dull or lifeless appearance.

I hope you find these tips helpful! Feel free to make an appointment with me for a free consultation! Call 256-759-9269.

Felicia McCarty, Licensed Aesthetician