Winter Weather: 7 Crucial Tips to Care for Dry, Itchy Skin

Winter Weather, dry skin, Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center

Cold, blustery winds outside and hot, dry air inside wreak havoc on your skin all winter long. The experts at Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center in Fayetteville, Bentonville, and Harrison, Arizona, know that winter skin needs extra care. Try these seven tips to help you protect your skin from winter’s low humidity and extreme temperatures:

Humidify

The heat is on indoors to keep you feeling warm and toasty. But indoor heat also makes your skin as dry as toast.

Using a humidifier infuses heated air with moisture so it’s not so drying to your skin. Depending on how cold it is outdoors, aim for an indoor humidity of 35%-50%.

Not sure how to gauge your home’s humidity levels? Purchase an analog or digital humidity monitor for about $10. Some models give you the room temperature, too.

Exfoliate

In a healthy skin cycle, your skin constantly sheds skin cells to give way to emerging cells. The moisture in the new skin keeps your face and body looking moist and glowing. But in the wintertime, the dry, flaky old skin cells pile up faster than you can shed them. Give your face and body some help by sloughing off the old skin and revealing the new.

Before you get into the shower in the morning, dry brush your body from neck to toe. Use a firm-bristled brush designed especially for exfoliating body skin.   

Dry brushing is too harsh for your face, which is irritated or even damaged by over-scrubbing. Instead, your Advanced Dermatology aesthetician recommends regular light chemical peels that are designed for your particular skin type and quality. You’ll lose the old skin and reveal the new while staying safe and irritation free.

Be gentle

Hot water is never good for your skin, but be extra careful in the winter to bathe or shower in warm water, not hot. Also, use a gentle, unscented, moisturizing cleanser and avoid harsh, drying soaps.

After you’re clean, don’t scrub the water from your body with a towel. Put the droplets to work by patting off just the excess with a soft towel or cloth, then immediately follow with a hydrating lotion or cream to lock the moisture to your skin.

Moisturize

Just because a bottle claims to contain moisturizer, the contents aren’t necessarily good for your skin. Avoid lotions and creams with harsh ingredients, such as perfumes, which may irritate your skin. If you’re not sure which product is right for your skin, ask your Advanced Dermatology expert.

Your aesthetician also recommends a medical-grade skin care moisturizer that not only keeps your skin moist, but also protects you from the winter sun’s UVA and UVB rays. No matter how cloudy or gray the day, always wear a moisturizer or sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 when you’re outdoors.

Hydrate yourself

Water plumps up your skin, keeping it moist and healthy. Plain water is the best choice for hydration, but green tea works wonders, too. Bonus: The warmth of the tea helps you fend off winter chills.

Hydrate your face

Cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing may not be enough to stave off winter’s drying effects. If your skin is prone to dryness, ask your aesthetician about nourishing facials and the state-of-the-art HydraFacial® to restore and replenish your skin.

A HydraFacial is a six-step treatment that takes about 30 minutes. Your expert first exfoliates your skin with a proprietary serum and peel. Next, she vacuums your skin and infuses it with more nourishing peptides and antioxidants.

Monthly HydraFacials help your face survive the year-round changes in temperature. Your Advanced Dermatology expert custom-designs your treatment for your skin type and needs. They also supply you with take-home products containing the same skin-friendly ingredients as your HydraFacial.

Eat some fat

Finally, a piece of dietary advice that doesn’t sound like a punishment!

Healthy fats that are rich in fatty acids such as omega-3s help build up your skin’s natural, moisture-retaining barrier. Salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts are good for your skin — and they taste great, too.

 

Still feeling the itch? Call us for winter relief or set up a skin care consultation with our online form.

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