January 27, 2020
Even though we haven’t had any snow yet this year in the Triad, we’ve had our share of cold temperatures, low humidity, and some wind. Each of these elements can wreak havoc on the skin! And unfortunately, cozying up by the fireplace, hikes in the cold and ice skating adventures also contribute to the winter skin issues! Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect and replenish your skin from the brutal winter elements.
There’s a reason we listed this first! Air is drier in the winter and as a result, water evaporates from your body faster. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. The famed Mayo Clinic says that the amount you need is a simple question with no easy answer. You can get an idea of what you might personally need here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256
2. Use Sunscreen.
You didn’t really think that since you probably aren’t sunbathing, you don’t need sunscreen? Yikes—you do! In snowy climates, people need to be especially concerned with the reflection of the sun on the snow. In fact, the Skin Cancer Foundation says the sun rays reflect up to 80% on bright winter days – increasing your risk exposure. Even on the rainy and gloomy winter days, we’ve been seeing here the sun’s UV rays can still cause damage. Whether you’re venturing out for a short period or spending the day out in the sun on the slopes, be sure to apply a moisturizing sunscreen. We recommend Dermalogica’s Protection 50 Sport. It has an SPF of 50 and according to the Dermalogica website, the product “defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assault. Oleosome microspheres help enhance SPF performance and counteract moisture loss triggered by extended daylight exposure. Lightweight formula helps neutralize damage and bind moisture to skin without a greasy after-feel.”
3. Switch To Heavy Face Cream.
Your summer skincare just doesn’t work in the winter! Switch your regular moisturizer with a heavy face cream. Look for creams that are made with ceramides and hyaluronic acid.
4. Treat Yourself To A Facial!
Winter is a wonderful time to indulge in a facial. Being proactive about your skincare is super important! Facials rejuvenate and revitalize the skin. Check out our guest services menu to view our super affordable facial options ( https://dermacademync.com/spa-services/) or stop by for some products to do your own facial at home!
5. Avoid Hot Showers.
Although taking a steamy shower is tempting during the cold winter months, it can cause more damage to your skin. Hot water can cause even drier, flaky skin. Overly-hot showers have also been known to make acne-prone skin worse. Opt for a warm shower in your daily routine!
6. Run The Humidifier.
Your heat likely runs all winter long. As a result, this leads to severely lower levels of humidity in your home. Place a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in. Humidifiers increase the moisture in the air – helping the barrier of your skin stay hydrated! (And it makes it feel warmer in the room!)
We hope these tips help you stay warm, hydrated, and happy this winter! Our Spa Lab (did you know Spa Lab is an acronym for “Student Practice Area Learning About Beauty”) is snuggly! See you soon!