Christmas time is almost here and with it- cold, winter weather, which is not as fun for your skin. The change of seasons is traumatic for your skin and body in general. But hopefully this time around you can take steps to prevent your skin from becoming a casualty to the dry air, harsh outdoors, low humidity levels, cold and chafing winds. Cold weather steals moisture away from the skin every second of the day. And without proper care, your skin can dry out and it can even lead to cracking and bleeding. Think about your winter self-care and bring back that all time radiant glow for your winter parties. Moreover there is the stress of the holidays to deal with. It can all get too hectic. Here are some TLC skin care tips from Calista Skin and Laser Center to get you glowing for your holiday photos, with minimal effort.
Trade-in your lotion for cream
Just like you switch your seasonal wardrobes, you need to do the same with your skin emollient. Your skin will feel much better with a richer moisturizer over winter. You want your skin to retain more moisture in the winter so pick an oil-based rather than a water-based solution. Creams are more moisturizing than lotions, which don’t have an oily barrier to reduce water loss from the skin. Creams sit heavier on the skin but they are much better at protecting against extreme temperature and humidity. Areas like your hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin and dryer skin. So they tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Slather on a moisturizing cream at night to seal the moisture in.
You need to slough off dead skin cells in the winter and also get rid of the dirt that cleansers can’t remove by exfoliating. Start with a gentle exfoliant and see if your skin is comfortable with the routine before picking up the stronger stuff. You can even use an exfoliating mask on your face and your hands and even your lips. Then follow it up immediately with moisturizer to witness a smoother skin. Exfoliating also helps make room for fresh cells to grow and it helps your skin absorb more moisturizer, creams and any other product you use for your skin care routine.
Take shorter showers and use lukewarm water
Avoid long, hot showers or baths as they will leave your skin dehydrated and dry. Go for shorter and lukewarm baths and showers and towel dry your skin right after. Using lukewarm water instead of hot water can prevent stripping oils away from the skin. Your skin needs more moisture right after you wash so do apply a good moisturizer to damp skin from head to toe in order to seal that dampness into the skin. Use shower gel instead of soap for better coverage and extra skin enrichment.
Don’t skip sunscreen
Your skin may be less exposed to harsh sunlight over winter but you should not stop protecting yourselves from its rays altogether. You can use skin creams with built-in sunscreen, but do make sure it has an SPF rating of 15 or higher. For people who spend a lot of time outdoors, working or enjoying winter sports, an SPF of 30 or higher is recommended.
Steer clear of stressors
Winter brings with it a host of holidays that are fun to celebrate with friends and family but it can also bring on a lot of stress that is likely to show up on your skin. All the alcohol, rich food, long nights, and stress can be harsh on the skin. Don’t skimp on the fun but do pay attention to skin stressors and minimize them. Cut back on simple sugars and carbohydrates. Avoid fast foods or processed foods to prevent acne breakouts. Stress always makes any skin problem you may have a little bit worse. Whatever you do, follow your skin care routine. Take time out for yourself and practice some relaxation techniques, like meditation.
Invest in a humidifier
Regulating the indoor temperature using heating systems can dry out the air. You can counter it by installing a humidifier in your home, particularly in your bedroom. This will help put moisture back into the air and it can help keep your skin from drying out.
Drink water and eat the right food
Most of us drink a lot less water in the winter because we prefer hot drinks like cocoa and tea. Your skin needs hydration from the inside too, so squeeze a dash of lemon in a little warm water and drink it. Your skin will feel refreshed and hydrated at the same time.
You should pick foods high in water content such as watermelon, apples, oranges, kiwi or even veggies like tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and more, to help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Increase your intake of vitamin C and zinc to encourage the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Eat more fatty fish and flaxseed to help your skin appear supple and smooth.
You can also try one of Calista Skin and Laser Center’s skin care beauty treatments such as Hydrafacial, Microdermabrasion, or Skin Tightening to get instant results. We are here to help you look your best every day. Call us on 817-203-4925. What are your tips for pampering winter skin?