Prepare Your Skin for the Winter
The winter is here! Like you would prep your home for the winter, you should do the same with your skin. Winter brings dry, cold, harsh weather that can be detrimental to your skin. Get your skin ready for the worst.
Why does our skin get so dry in the winter?
Everything gets dry in the winter because cold air holds less moisture than warm air. Therefore, we lose more moisture to evaporation in the winter. The air is very dry as opposed to the summer, and because of that we need to use a lot more moisturizers in the winter. I apply a moisturizer, often a thick one (e.g. Aquaphore) to super dry areas and my lips, hands and feet, and Aveeno, Eucerin, thick Lubriderm to my body. Also, we need to apply moisturizers after a shower when wet - this traps water on the skin and pushes it in. Applying it when dry just prevents evaporation, but doesn't get the skin as hydrated as applying it when wet.
How to get rid of ragged cuticles and dry skin around the nails?
I like using an AHA product first, like glycolic acid or an ammonium lactate product. This will smooth out the rough skin and strip away all the loose and hanging skin. Then use the dermatologist duct tape, Aquaphore. This will help heal the little miniature cuts and promote healing of a uniform surface on your cuticles.
And what's the best LaseResults skin care routine for winter?
For dry or sensitive skin, and in the winter, begin by using the AM Repair and Protect in the morning. In the evenings, use the PM Focused Repair Lotion every other or every third night at first. Use the Calm and Restore Serum alone on the nights in between. Gradually build up to using both products nightly as tolerated. Your tolerance for nightly use may decrease during the winter and increase during the spring and summer. Adjusting your use will ensure maximum benefits.
And a few more tips for the winter time:
Take lukewarm showers.
As cold as it may be and as nice as a hot shower is, you really should reconsider the temperature of your shower. Hot showers will strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin extra dry. Make sure to have a lukewarm shower. Immediately after you shower, you should moisturize. This way your pores are still open and the moisturizer locks in moisture.
Even during the winter, it is important to wear SPF. The sun is still strong during the winter, you just can’t tell.
The skin on your hands is extra thin. So when it is a windy day, your skin is more susceptible to becoming dry. Protect your hands by wearing nice warm gloves.
Invest in a humidifier.
Humidifiers are great little machines that add moisture to the air so that it is not as dry. When it adds moisture to the air it also adds moisture to your skin.
Drink plenty of water.
Water will hydrate you from the inside out!