Winter can be rough on the skin. This is because when the air gets chilly, your body narrows the blood vessels in an effort to hold in heat. Because of this, the outer layers of the skin get dry and dull, and can start to flake and crack. How can you change your winter skincare routine to keep your skin healthy and happy?
- Cleanse your skin correctly. Choose a hydrating cleanser, so that you won’t strip your skin of its natural oils. It’s important to use a gentle, non-soap cleanser that will clean dirt and makeup from your face without removing its protective barrier.
- Consider a sheet mask. Putting a sheet mask on as soon as you get out of the shower allows rejuvenating ingredients to soak into the skin while you seal in moisture. Look for a sheet mask with high concentrations of fatty acids and nourishing vitamins.
- Moisture is key. Winter brings a damaging drop in humidity, making moisturizer more important than ever. Ceramide-based products are a good option, because they contain a fatty acid important for skin barrier and function. Using a moisturizing body wash is also smart because it helps to layer on moisture and prevent the stress cleansers can put on skin.
- Use an antioxidant serum. Antioxidants reduce the inflammation caused by free radicals, and they block the production of abnormal pigmentation, which brightens the skin. The right serum can increase the production of collagen and elastin while working to repair damage.
- Skincare isn’t just about the face. Keeping your scalp clean and moisturized can prevent winter dandruff. And especially this year, when masks are de rigueur, keeping your lips hydrated is vital. Use a balm with natural oils, antioxidants, and SPF, and avoid matte or long-lasting lipsticks, which can cause dryness.
- Embrace home remedies. Yogurt can calm irritated skin and aid in exfoliation. An oatmeal bath can lock in moisture while removing dirt, and honey is a natural moisturizer with antibacterial properties and antioxidants.
- Don’t forget sun protection. When the temperature drops, people sometimes think that the sun is no longer a danger. Even when it’s cold and overcast, though, UV rays can damage your skin. It’s easy to cover your skin in the winter when it’s cold, but pay special attention to your face and neck, which tend to remain uncovered. Wear a wide-brimmed hat with UV blocking sunglasses and slather up with moisturizing sunblock.
No matter the season, Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology is committed to providing superior, professional skin care that’s practical, efficient, and compassionate. With over 30 years of experience providing dermatological services in Salt Lake City, we provide a variety of services, from cosmetic skincare to treatment for skin cancer. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and licensed cosmetic service providers, along with our friendly staff, are here to provide you the care you need in a comfortable, professional atmosphere. For more information, contact us through our website or call (801) 682-4715 today.