Skin Care: Winter has arrived, and with it come colder temperatures and drier air conditions, plus a number of skin issues. Winter’s effects on your skin range from flaky skin to more visible lines and wrinkles.
The good news is that we can help you combat the effects of the winter weather with our full range of skin care services and procedures. We also know that significant skin damage can be avoided by taking important precautions.
Continue reading to learn our top five winter skincare tips for keeping your skin looking great all season!
Winter Skin Care Tips
- Take limited time in the shower:
- While the colder weather may tempt you to take a long, hot shower but shorter, lukewarm showers are better for your skin care.
- The American Academy of Dermatology recommends taking ten-minute showers and keeping the water temperature at lukewarm.
- You should also use soaps or cleansers that are free of fragrances and other irritants. And, because soaps in general can be drying, try limiting your overall use to help keep moisture in place.
- Moisturize your skin:
- Colder temperatures and drier air, both of which are bad for your appearance because they dry out your skin. Keeping your skin moisturised is one of the best ways to combat the effects of winter weather on it.
- For the best winter protection, look for moisturising creams or ointments rather than lotions.
- Pay special attention to your hands, which can become dry or chapped as a result of frequent hand washing.
- Keep moisture locked in by applying moisturiser immediately after showering, bathing, or washing your face or hands.
- Don’t forget to apply sunscreen:
- Although winter sun rays may not feel as warm or strong on your skin, the ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun continue to break down your skin cells faster than would occur in the absence of the sun, regardless of the season. The end result? A condition known as photoaging.
- Photoaging causes premature skin ageing and is responsible for the majority of visible signs of ageing such as fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, and discoloration.
- What else? UV rays from the sun are more harmful to your skin in the winter because the ozone layer is at its thinnest , making it even more important to protect your skin.
- Even on cloudy winter days, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to any areas of your body that are exposed to the sun’s UV rays.
- For the best protection, look for a sunscreen with at least SPF 30, which blocks approximately 97% of harmful UV rays.
- Assess your indoor environment:
- While the weather can have an effect on your skin, your home environment can also wreak havoc on it if you’re not careful.
- While turning up the heat keeps you warm, it also dries out the air inside your home, making dry skin even drier.
- For the best winter skin, keep the thermostat set to a temperature that will not dry out your skin (72°F or lower). Consider installing humidifiers in your home or office to add moisture to the air.
- Seek professional assistance:
- Despite our best efforts, the winter weather can still harm our skin. When that happens, it’s time to call in the experts.
- Our staff can make tailored recommendations for your specific skin care requirements, such as peels to rejuvenate your skin, hydrafacials to add much-needed moisture to your face, and microneedling to promote skin repair and new skin cell growth.
Contact us or book an appointment online at your convenience for help combating the winter weather and protecting your skin, or for personalized skin care recommendations.