7 Ingredients to Healthy Winter Skin

Jan 22 2018

Woman in snow

With winter comes cold weather, and with the cold comes dry, cracked and flaking skin.

We say no way. Here are seven ingredients for preventing (and a few for treating) the winter air damaging your skin.

1. Make Sure You Exfoliate

To help old, dry skin come off easily, make sure to exfoliate twice a week. You might think that exfoliating everyday would help your skin even more. It doesn’t! Exfoliating too frequently can take away the natural oils your skin needs, especially during the winter. The type of exfoliator can also make a huge difference. Avoid using really harsh and abrasive cleansers. Instead, use a more delicate and fine exfoliator. Dry brushes can also make it easier and faster.

If you suffer from acne or skin breaks, consult with your dermatologist or esthetician to get advice on what type of exfoliation is right for your skin type.
Remember to always be gentle with your skin! Pulling and tugging can create unnecessary wrinkles and sagging skin.

2. Use the Right Moisturizer

. The dry winter air can strip away your skin’s moisture, so it’s important to make sure that your skin is getting the extra care it needs. There are so many different moisturizers that it can become overwhelming to figure out how to choose the right one for you. Whether you have dry or oily skin, there’s a moisturizer that is designed specifically for your skin type. We’ll ask you again to turn to your esthetician or other skin care professional to help you make the decision on what is right for your skin.

3. Cut Back on the Hot Water (Sorry!)

We know it’s tempting to jump into a hot shower after a cold adventure outside, but the hot water can actually dry your skin out even more. Just like the cold air, the hot water can strip away your skin’s natural oils. We understand that you want nothing more than to crank up the heat after freezing outside, but it’s a lot for your skin to go from one temperature extreme to another. We’re not saying cold showers are all you should expect in the winter, but you should cut back on the heat.

Not only can hot showers be detrimental to your skin, but it can also dry out your hair and make it more brittle too. It’s hard to accept that something that feels so good could be remotely bad for you. We know that showers are often your escape from the stresses of the day, but cuddling up with a blanket after your shower can be just as relaxing. Your skin will thank you for it!

4. Choose the Right Sunscreen

While you might not be able to see the sun rays (or feel them) they are there, and they can damage your skin. An SPF 15 is great, but if you could get a 20 or 30, that would be even better! It might be contradictory to what you would think, but you can get a bad sunburn in the winter due to the sun reflecting off the snow and ice.

If you’re going to take advantage of winter sports, we also recommend covering your face if possible. Wind burns are a real thing, and that coupled with a sunburn can turn your outdoor fun into a nightmare. Remember to layer up with soft fabrics as opposed to rough ones, like wool. We love our big wooly jackets as much as anyone, but the rough material and the dry air can lead to irritated skin.

5. Drink Lots of Water

We’ve already talked about hydrating your skin, and now we’re moving onto a more general tip. Drink lots of water! Overall, winter is harsh. Your hair, skin, eyes and everything else are going to feel a little neglected. The best way to ensure that your skin is staying healthy is to drink more water.

Your body isn’t signaling you to drink as much because of the cold temperature. Don’t let that fool you. Water is extremely important for your body no matter the time of year! Especially when winter is trying to take away the moisture in your skin, drinking enough everyday will do wonders for your skin. Keep up your eight cups a day (or more), and your entire body will thank you for it.

6. Keep a Humidify in Your House

Sleep with a humidifier in your room at night. We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: moisturize your skin! A humidifier is one terrific way that you can make up for the winter air that dries your skin whenever you’re outside. Humidifiers will put that much-needed moisture in the air that your skin can soak up. It will also help with other dry winter areas like your eyes and nose.
Pro tip: these can also help you if you’ve happened to pick up a cold this winter. Just make sure to keep your humidifier clean or else it could contribute to you getting sick.

7. Avoid Harsh Treatments

Avoid harsh acne treatments or treatments at the spa. Anything that dries out your skin will just add to the dryness you’re already experiencing from the winter air. Look up the spa treatment before you just go for it, so you can make sure that it’s something that would benefit your skin type. It’s a good idea, as we mentioned before, to talk to a dermatologist or your esthetician about winter care routines. If you make a change in products or routines, you should talk to your skincare professional about it.

BONUS: Treat Yourself to a Facial

Surprise! We have a bonus ingredient for you. While consulting with your esthetician, it is highly recommended that you book a facial. Facial treatments can give you softer, brighter and smoother skin! Just avoid any peels and acne treatment facials.

Check out our student salon*! We offer 60 and 90 minute facials. Get ready to pamper your skin this winter.

A Recipe for Healthy Skin

Did you like our 7 ingredients for healthy winter skin? Make sure to share with us on Facebook! We can’t wait to see all of your winter selfies, so give us a follow on IG, too.
Are you interested in helping people feel great in their own skin? You should check out our esthiology program! You’ll learn a variety of treatments that will help you discover how to care for skin. Contact us if you’re ready to start your passion of helping others feel better!

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

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