Ever had flaky, itchy skin that looks bad — and feels even worse? Winter can have its toll on your skin, particularly if you live in climate that experiences the seasonal change.
The good news is that you can protect your skin from the harsh elements and keep it silky smooth and healthy. To do so you first need to know what dries your skin during winter.
What Causes Dry Skin?
During chilly months when temperatures are very low, humidity also decreases. This lack of moisture in the air makes your skin to dry out. There’s nothing in the atmosphere to seal your skin’s moisture and the result is itchy, dry skin that makes you self-conscious.
If you’re also fond of steamy, prolonged showers, this is another factor that may accelerate dry skin. The hotter the water, the more can take essential moisturizing agents away from your skin.
Take Care of Your Dry Skin
To ensure your skin doesn’t get ashy or flaky during the winter consider the following,
- Use gentle face cleansers. Don’t use scrubs that are harsh, but opt for the more gentle skin care products that will replenish lost moisture and nurture your tormented skin.
- Use high quality, heavy-duty moisturizers. If your skin still feels tight after slathering on a moisturizer then it’s not a good one. Choose thick, quality moisturizers that help attract and seal in skin moisture. Look for key moisturizing agents like ceramide, lactic acid and glycerin.
- Chemical peels; toners and other astringents need to be used sparingly during cold months. Once or twice a month is more than enough.
- Consider using a humidifier in your home. Indoor heat steals any leftover moisture from your skin that the cold weather has left untouched. A humidifier will keep indoor moisture levels high helping your skin stay supple and hydrated.
- Be proactive! Especially if you get dry, flaky skin each winter, plan ahead. Use your moisturizers diligently and protect your skin from extreme weather conditions and weather changes to avoid or minimize its impact on your face.
- Moisturize your face from within. Salads with cucumber and celery for instance will give your skin a moisture-boost thanks to silica they contain. Omega-3 fatty acid food will also lock moisture in your skin and help it remain supple. Integrate more fish and flaxseeds in your diet and you’re go to go!
- Get help from the experts. If despite all your efforts your skin doesn’t even seem to notice, you should try getting professional advice on how to care for dry, tight skin. At Rivaderm we’d be more than happy to recommend more skin care tips and products to ensure your skin is fully protected and hydrated.
Is there anything else I can do?
Try a SilkPeel Microdermabrasion. Apart from smoothening out fine lines, SilkPeel is a one of its kind treatment that will hydrate your skin at a deeper level. This service doesn’t contain harsh, abrasive ingredients. It’s infused with nutrients and other hydrating agents that leave your skin rejuvenated and visibly hydrated.
Don’t let your skin suffer. There are many ways to care for your skin during winter and the experts at Riva Aesthetic Dermatology are always available to give you advice.