When the weather starts to change, our skincare routine needs to as well. While we Arizonians are fortunate enough not to deal with blistering and brutal winters, our “cold” season still calls a concern to our skin. During the winter, the inside of our homes tend to be blasting with heat, which makes for very dry air that dehydrates our skin. Then we go right outside, where we get slammed with cold temperatures. Signs of dry skin include flaking, tightness, tenderness, itchiness, or even dullness. In extreme cases, it can be raw, cracked, and/or bleeding. And what’s the first thing that we do? Moisturize. We’ve been told the same old trick for years, “moisturize more when it gets cold”, but that can only do so much. Here are some other tips and tricks to correct and prevent winter skin.
Having the heater cranked can cause major skin dehydration. This can leave your skin flaky, cracked, and dull. Getting a humidifier for your house can help add some of that moisture back into the air and your skin!
We hate to be a buzzkill, but pouring yourself a warming glass of liquor will only make your dry skin worse. Alcohol dehydrates the skin and deprives the skin of vital vitamins and nutrients, causing it to look dull and lifeless. It also dilates the blood vessels in the skin, causing it to be red.
Why wear sunscreen when there is no sun? Because Ultraviolet rays still break through the clouds and cause sun damage. In the winter it’s (surprisingly) extra important to wear sunscreen because the ultraviolet rays bounce off the snow and ice and hit the bottom of your face, while the top is already being hit as well. If you’re like us and are fortunate enough to live in the valley, we don’t experience the snow. However, this means it’s still sunny every day, so we still need to apply that sunscreen.
I’m not saying we need to take cold showers here! Just not excessively hot showers. Hot water actually constricts the blood vessels making us more prone to get the chills. Not only this, hot water strips the skin of its natural oils, leaving it parched, flaky, and even cracked. I know that a hot shower feels amazing when there’s a chill in the air, but try to keep the health of your skin in mind.
Using a physical or chemical exfoliant is key to stay glowing during the winter. You should do this twice a week for best results. Dead skin cells build up and create a blockage that your serums, moisturizer, and other products can’t penetrate. This means less of that product goodness is not getting into your skin!
This is specific, but these treatments are dead skin cell vacuums. Dermaplaning quite literally “shaves” the peach fuzz and dead skin cells right off. With those being exfoliated off, your products can penetrate deeper and be more effective! HydraFacial is another amazing treatment for dry skin. It easily sucks up impurities while simultaneously infusing hydrating skin solutions with potent antioxidants. The best mixture for winter skin.