The top layer of our skin (called the epidermis) contains a lipid barrier that prevents moisture loss. When we’re exposed to environmental factors like extreme heat or cold, this barrier is damaged, producing dry, itchy, flaky, and dull-looking skin. So how can you keep your skin moist and supple in the face of harsh weather? Follow our five tips to prevent and heal dry winter skin.
Apply a Moisturizer, Hydrator, Or Both
You may be thinking: is there really a difference between moisturizing and hydrating? There is! Although moisturizers and hydrators both ensure that your skin receives moisture, there is a difference in the way that it’s accomplished.
Moisturizers are made of oil-based ingredients, which seal the surface of the skin to prevent water from escaping. Hydrators contain humectants, which pull water into the skin and hold it in place. Depending on your skin type, you can use either a moisturizer or hydrator separately, or incorporate them together. A skincare expert can help you decide the best option. If you decide to use both, apply the water-absorbing hydrator first, and finish with a moisturizer to lock it all in.
Consistency Is Key
Finding the right moisturizer or hydrator is a good first step, but it’s just the first one. It’s important to be diligent in applying your skincare treatment daily. Everyone’s routine will differ slightly, so be sure to find out what products (i.e. moisturizers, hydrators) your skin needs every day/night to look and feel healthy.
Take Shorter, Cooler Showers
Now is everyone’s favorite time of year to take long, steaming hot showers. Even though they are relaxing, this prolonged exposure to hot water can dry out our skin. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends taking a tepid shower lasting less than 10 minutes to keep skin from drying out. The same goes for hand-washing - skip the hot water and wash hands in lukewarm or cool water to avoid redness and irritation.
Get a HydraFacial For a Deep Hydration
A HydraFacial is a medical-grade facial rejuvenation that uses infuses the skin with moisturizing, hydrating serums to instantly quench thirsty skin. It is suitable for all skin types, and is designed specifically to alleviate dehydrated skin, as well as improve the appearance of sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Run A Humidifier In Your Bedroom
It’s not just the air outside that’s dry - it’s the air inside, too! Indoor heating takes the moisture right out of the air, which is doubly drying to your skin. Although you can’t do much about that in public spaces, you can change the climate in your home. Run a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in to put that much-needed moisture back into the air and subsequently, your skin. Get into the habit of running it each night before you sleep to wake up with fresh, dewy skin in the morning.
Need even more help keeping your skin in healthy condition? RI Skin Doc offers the newest, most advanced skincare treatments using only FDA-licensed supplies. Our trained aestheticians have years of experience performing the full spectrum of skin care procedures, from acne treatment to microneedling. For a full list of our services, check out our spa menu or give us a call at 401-944-7546. To learn more about what you can do for your skin this winter, request a consultation with one of our skincare experts.