As weather conditions change, so should your skin care routine. Luckily, dry skin can be remedied by winter proofing your skin-care routine. Adding on oil-based moisturizers work as an ointment by creating a protective layer on the skin. Petrolatum, Oat Kernel Oil are just few ingredients you want to look for.
You can also look for lotions or serums containing “humectants,” a class of substances including Hyaluronic Acid and Glycerin that attract moisture to your skin. A great skin care line containing these ingredients is SkinCeuticals. Products such as Hydrating B5 gel, Hydra Balm and Emollience are highly recommended by ChicagoBreastAndBodyAesthetics team.
Slather on the SPF!
YES! You read it right. Sunscreens aren’t just for summertime only. Winter sun combined with snow glare can still damage your skin. UV rays are not only cancer-causing, but they can also prevent skin from holding onto moisture. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and hands about 30 minutes before going outside. Look for products containing Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. If you don’t like the white residue left by these products, the Aesthetics Team from ChicagoBreastAndBodyAesthetics recommends SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense sunscreen, which is infused with translucent color spheres that will enhance your natural skin tone!
It sounds contradictory, but a gentle exfoliation will actually help your serums and creams penetrate better. As your skin dries out in this cold weather, your cell will stop shedding. As a result, you will have excess of dead skin cells. This makes it impossible for any product from fully sinking in. A great exfoliant by SkinCeuticals is the Retexturing Activator. It harnesses exfoliation and hydration to activate your skin’s regeneration response. You will see visibly diminished surface lines and your skin transformed into a softer, smoother texture.
This time of year, we’re dealing with cold, wind, low humidity and exposure to dry heat at home and in our work place. This means the possibility of flaky skin, chapped lips and acne; therefore increasing your water intake helps all these symptoms making your skin look radiant and young.
Invest in a humidifier.
In winter, as in summer, it’s nice to be able to enjoy the comforts of heat at home and in our offices, but heating systems as well as space heaters blast hot dry air and tend to suck up every last drop of precious moisture in the air. Air that is too dry can lead to dry skin, throat irritation, congestion, repeated sinus infections, dry eyes, dry lips and nosebleeds, among other things. Therefore, investing your money in great air humidifiers is a good way of dealing with dry air.
Nip the redness.
Avoid eating spicy foods, drinking red wines, hot showers, or doing anything that increases flushing. All of those sorts of things contribute to redness.
A great product recommended by ChicagoBreastAndBodyAesthetics, is the Redness Neutralizer by SkinCeuticals. It’s a lightweight gel cream that strengthens the skin’s protective barrier, reduces redness and flushing by 30%, and alleviates irritation.
Seek a Specialist
Seeing a licensed medical esthetician or a dermatologist during this cold season is a good investment. Benefits include an analysis of your skin type, correcting your current skin care regimen, and receiving recommendations on medically graded skin care products so you can maintain your glowy, toned complexion all year round. Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics offers complimentary consultations with our aesthetic specialist.