It’s common for most people to have dry skin during the winter months. Did you know that you can prevent dry, flaking, itchy and/or cracking skin? Yes, you can!
When the weather outside is frightful, it’s very tempting to take long hot showers or baths, because it feels so good for your skin to be soaking in soothing water that makes us feel warm. However, exposing your body to hot water for too long can be extremely drying to the skin. Keeping your baths and showers short (no more than 15 minutes) and using warm water instead of hot water will ensure that your skin will retain its own moisture.
The skin around your eyes as well as other areas of the face is thin and requires gentle cleansing and regular moisturizing to keep skin soft and supple. Applying eye cream and face cream often during the winter will keep dry skin (and wrinkles) at bay.
As for itchy and irritated skin, switching to a mild cleanser also can help reduce or eliminate the itchiness associated with very dry skin. After your bath or shower, be sure to gently pat your skin dry with a clean soft towel and apply an ointment, body oil or moisturizing body lotion immediately afterwards. Take special care not to rub your skin dry with a towel as this can irritate it and exacerbate itching and flakiness.
Always check the ingredients in skin care products because deodorant soaps and cleansers, alcohol-based toners and products that contain fragrances can irritate dry, sensitive skin. Purchasing products from the spa guarantees quality.
Most people tend to wash their hands more often in the winter time to get rid of potentially harmful germs and bacteria. If you do wash your hands a lot, apply a moisturizing hand cream afterwards. If your hands are extremely dry and require more attention, dabbing petroleum jelly on them at bed time is a good way to repair dry, cracking skin overnight.
Using a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home is another important step to preventing dry, itchy skin. You also can wear soft fabrics that breathe, such as 100% cotton. If you wear wool or other rough fabrics, you should wear a soft fabric underneath.
Keep your skin moisturized and glowing this winter by following these helpful suggestions! For more information on how you can have soft, supple skin during the winter and year-round, reserve a consultation with one of our estheticians and let us help your skin look and feel its very best!