Every season your skin-care regimen should change and adapt to the current climate. With winter being one of the most crucial times to alter your products, Signature Salon & Spa has some valuable skin care information for you below. For us Wisconsinites, winter means cold, dry air thus typically resulting in cracked, sensitive skin. When switching seasons, it’s time to change up your skincare products to help your complexion through these chilly months.
When you live in a climate like Wisconsin, winter usually wreaks havoc on our skin. The windy, cold days along with less humidity (both indoors and out) can dry out our skin. Ensuring your skin is getting the necessary amount of moisturizer is essential. The first step you can take is switching out your daily cleanser with a hydrating cream cleanser. Since your skin is already lacking moisture, you don’t want to chance stripping it of natural oils with stronger cleansers. Cream cleansers are gentler on dry skin and have moisture built right in.
Using masks a few times a week can help lock in moisture as well. Sheet masks are a great way to allow rejuvenating ingredients soak into the skin. Depending on your skin’s needs, different ingredients work in different ways. If you are unsure of what to use, consult with your Signature Salon & Spa esthetician or dermatologist.
Antioxidants help reduce inflammation caused by free radicals and also brighten the skin by blocking the production of abnormal pigmentation. Serums containing Vitamin C are a great choice for antioxidants and can help in reversing damaged skin. Vitamin C also promotes collagen formation working to repair damaged skin.
Chapped lips are a fact of life during winter. By regularly applying a hydrating balm, you can stay ahead of the dryness. Choosing a balm with wheat germ oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, aloe vera, shea butter, sunflower oil, or cottonseed oil will help to heal and protect your lips. While cold air and gusting winds usually chap our lips the most, overheated, dry homes can also cause extreme dryness to our entire body. Using a humidifier can help to alleviate the dryness in your home.
It’s also important to continue with a SPF all year round. While UVB rays may be weaker in the winter, (which is why you don’t get sunburned as easily) the UVA rays which cause wrinkles and premature aging are just as strong year ‘round. Snow can also double your exposure to UV rays by reflecting it back at you. If you don’t apply sunscreen during winter activities like skiing and sledding you could actually do more damage to your skin than on a summer day at the beach.
Regularly exfoliating during winter months is highly recommended to help banish dull skin and reveal a glowing complexion. It’s important to use a chemical exfoliator which uses either alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) or enzymes rather than exfoliants which use granules to physically scrub off dead skin cells. These granules can be too harsh for already vulnerable winter skin and result in more dryness or even damage.
Just as your skin-care regimen, eating habits may need to be adjusted too. Staying hydrated on the inside can have a significant impact on your skin. Ensuring your drinking the necessary amount of H2O is important all year along with eating a well-balanced diet. Even if we aren’t as active in the winter, it’s necessary to continue to hydrate just as we would in the summer.
If you are experiencing dry skin conditions and need expert advice consult with a Signature Salon & Spa esthetician today. Together, we will find the right skin care regimen for you. We will rejuvenate, revitalize and restore your natural beauty so you can say goodbye to your undesirable skin!