Did you know, your skin cells regenerate more slowly in the winter? It’s true!
And when it’s cold outside and warm indoors, your skin can also become dehydrated.
To keep your skin glowing in the winter, you may need to change your skin care routine. Try these tips to prevent and soothe dry skin from Ashley Johnson, a licensed advanced aesthetician at Samaritan Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery.
1. Don’t Disturb Natural Oils
Using a harsh cleanser or taking long and hot showers can strip your skin of oils that are essential to hydration. Choose a cleanser for your skin type with gentle ingredients to keep your skin clean and clear without stripping natural oils. Try to limit showers to 10 minutes and stick to warm water to maintain moisture.
2. Hydrate All Over
Ever notice your arms and legs tend to be drier than other parts of your body? That’s because they have fewer oil glands. Maintaining moisture is even more important in the winter to preserve your body’s protective barrier. Hydrate dry skin by applying an enriched body lotion to prevent itching, flaking and cracking, including after every hand wash. To soften and smooth without irritation, try a botanical blend lotion.
3. Switch to Facial Cream, Keep the Sunscreen
With cold temperatures outside and warm drying heat indoors, regular facial lotion may not provide enough hydration to insulate your skin. During the colder winter months, consider switching to a cream. If it feels too heavy during the day, you can apply it at night and get the same benefits of extra hydration. Protect your skin from sun damage with sunscreen, even on a cloudy day and especially if you’re out in the snow. Daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen defends against skin cancer and premature aging of skin.
4. Make Time for a Mask
If you want the benefits of hydrated skin with the added bonus of reduced blemishes and redness, a firming mask once a week can do wonders. Masks are effective on all skin types, including oily and acne-prone skin. The application takes about 10 minutes and will hydrate, firm and calm your skin.
5. Pucker Up
Just as your skin is more prone to dryness in the winter, our lips can also become chapped due to outside exposure and indoor heating. Avoid sore, cracked and scaly lips by regularly applying lip balm. Start when you first wake up and repeat after every time you eat and before you go outdoors. Look for an antioxidant-rich formula, which forms a shield that soothes, softens and protects your lips.
6. Enjoy Edible Beauty Bolsters
Boost your hydration from the inside out by drinking plenty of water and loading up on foods rich in omega-3s, like salmon, chia seeds and walnuts. To deliver the nutrients your body needs for skin cell rejuvenation, consider increasing B vitamins, which can help your skin recover. Eat foods rich in antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, C and E, found in green leafy vegetables, which are vital for skin repair and renewal.
Shop Samaritan Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery in Corvallis, where you’ll find a selection of clinical grade skin care products. Our friendly staff can advise you on products best suited for you.