Cold, dry air can leave your skin itchy, red, and irritated. Combat dry winter skin with these tips for retaining your skin's natural moisture.
Book in for a facial : Winter skin is often dull, so we recommend a professional facial every three to four weeks. This is the time it takes for your skin to go through the entire life cycle of skin cell growth. An exfoliating treatment or a nourishing facial treatment such as Bernard Cassière to eliminate dead skin, nourish the skin and allow better absorption of active topical treatments. Regular facials will help keep your skin clean, clear, and hydrated while maximizing your daily skincare regimen.
Opt for gentle, fragrance-fee cleansers : The wrong soap can worsen itchy, dry skin. For instance, regular bar soaps may contain irritating ingredients and fragrances. Instead, wash with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel.
Modify your facial Skin-Care regimen for the season : During the winter months, choose cream-based cleansers, and apply toners and astringents sparingly, if at all. Many astringents contain alcohol, which can further dry your skin. When your skin is dry and itchy,it is recommended to stop using products that contain alcohol and fragrances in order to help skin retain its natural oils. At night, use a richer moisturizer on your face. And don’t forget your lips!
Apply Sunscreen - Even on gray winter days : On sunny winter days, snow reflects the sun's rays, increasing the risk of exposure. Whether you're on the slopes, playing in the snow, or just walking through a parking lot to run errands, applying sunscreen is just as important in winter as it is in summer.
Remember to eat right and stay hydrated : "Sometimes when skin is very dry, it can be helped by foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil," says Barbara R. Reed, MD, a dermatologist in private practice at Denver Skin Clinic. "For the most part, however, it is important to help the skin moisturize from the outside." Don't forget to drink a lot of water during the day!