We know how important it is to keep our skin healthy and glowing no matter what the world throws at us. Now that it’s December, we are in for colder temperatures and a higher risk of dry, flaky skin. But no need to worry! We are here to help you protect your skin and restore its radiance with these essential wintertime skin care tips:
Tip #1: Keep bathing short and tepid.
It may be tempting on those cold winter mornings and nights to turn up the water temperature, but a long, steamy shower is very drying on your skin. Hot water is harsh on skin, and bathing for a long period of time strips your skin of its moisture even further. In the winter months, protect your skin by cutting down your bathing time and switching to a milder temperature. Your skin will thank you for it!
Tip #2: Moisturize right after washing.
Now that you’ve mastered the first tip, you should know it’s vital to apply moisturizer immediately after washing your hands, face or body — even when using tepid water. Moisturizing daily will help restore your skin’s natural protective oils, which can be stripped during hand washing and bathing. It’s important to find the right moisturizer to help you avoid redness and irritation during the winter months. Opt for a heavy ointment or cream instead of a lotion to seal in hydration and coat your skin with a layer of protection.
Tip #3: Switch up your skin care routine.
As the seasons change, so may your skin care regimen. The winter air, known for drying out skin, may prompt you to switch to less irritating skin care products. Refrain from using exfoliating products or skin care that contains the following drying ingredients: alcohol, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), retinoids and fragrances. If your skin is extra sensitive in the winter, simplify your routine with a combination of moisturizer and sunscreen in the morning, and a gentle cleanser and moisturizer at night. During your next visit to AVIE! Medspa and Laser Center, we can help you find the perfect moisturizer/skin replenishing product from an array of physician-grade, research-based skin care products!
Tip #4: Cover up with nonirritating fabrics.
Bundling up with gloves, scarves and other protective gear is the perfect way to stay warm AND protect your skin from the harsh winter elements. Our hands especially are prone to redness, dryness and irritation in the cold weather when left exposed. When you sense that chill in the air, put on a pair of your favorite gloves or mittens — as long as they’re kind to your skin! Wearing nonirritating fabrics that are loose and comfortable on your skin is key to avoiding further skin irritation. Also, for more sensitive skin, look for detergents formulated without harsh chemicals and fragrances. Time to bundle up the right way!
Tip #5: Revitalize your skin!
It’s wintertime, that means you’re more likely than usual to be indoors and away from the sun. That’s what makes NOW the ideal time to undergo laser skin treatments! With professional skin rejuvenation treatments, you can enjoy a youthful glow while reversing summer sun damage and stimulating new collagen and elastin growth. Take some time this winter to treat yourself and your skin, you deserve it!
We are thrilled to share these skin care tips with you and help you achieve a healthy glow this winter! To learn more about how to optimize your skin care, call (703) 870-3844 or request a consultation online today.