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How to Winterize Your Skin

Winter Protection

Dear Audrey,

Winter is here, any suggestions on how I can protect my skin from the harsh elements?

The winter months can be a problem for everyone, bringing an uncomfortable dryness to the skin of your face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem can be even worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: their skin gets so dry it results in flaking and cracking.

Denise Gorham, our Esthetician in Scotts Valley has these top three tips for protecting your skin in the winter:

  • Moisturize as soon as you get out of the shower while still slightly damp.

  • Turn the heat down when you go to sleep.

  • Add a hydrating serum before you moisturize like Advanced B5 Hydration from glo•therapuetics.

The experts at WebMD have these additional tips:

  • Seek a Specialist. An esthetician or dermatologist even once is a good investment. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.

  • Moisturize more. When weather conditions change, your skin care routine should too. Your winter moisturizer should be a bit heavier than your summer time one.  Be sure to ask our experienced staff for help in choosing the right moisturizer. 

  • Slather on that sunscreen—even in the winter! Winter sun and winter snow can create havoc on your skin. Protection is important.

  • Take care of your hands. The skin on your hands is thinner than on most parts of the body. It's harder to keep your hands moist, especially in cold, dry weather. Be sure to wear gloves when you go outside; if you need to wear wool to keep your hands warm, slip on a thin cotton glove first, to avoid any irritation the wool might cause.

  • Get out the Humidifier. Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.

  • Grease up Your Feet. Try finding lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerin. And use exfoliants to get the dead skin off periodically; that helps any moisturizers you use to sink in faster and deeper.

  • Ban Superhot Baths.  The intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture.  Stick to warm water, and don’t spend a lot of time in the water. Try a lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda which can help relieve skin that is so dry it has become itchy.

So put on your moisturizer, sunscreen and gloves and go have fun—your skin will love you!

Happy winter!

Audrey

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