Winter can take a toll on skin and even those of us who live in milder climates with less seasonal changes can still experience irritating conditions like skin dryness and tightness. Yet winter is also a great time to repair the skin after a long summer of sun damage.
Here are some things you can do to ensure your skin stays healthy during this season:
- Exfoliate. A good way to start is to get a gentle cleansing and exfoliating facial peel to get rid of the flaky skin that has built up. Exfoliating will also increase the effectiveness of using skin moisturizer. We use PCA professional peels in our office and they provide great results and will not be harsh on your skin. You can also exfoliate at home using gentle scrubs like Nia24 physical Cleansing Scrub or Fenix Green Tea Exfoliating scrub, but use them in moderation.
- Moisturize More. With the beginning of the colder months it is very important to moisturize. A heavier, oil-based moisturizer is recommended during this time but look for those that contain non-clogging oils or humectants like alpha hydroxyl acids and hyaluronic acid that attract moisture to your skin and keep it glowing and healthy.
- Stimulate your skin. You still need to use products that activate and stimulate your skin and there is none better than Retin-A cream to do the job. This derivative of vitamin A is the only topical medication that has been proven to improve wrinkles and it is suitable for most skin types and especially recommended for those who wish to prepare their skin before undergoing surgical facial rejuvenation.
- Don’t forget the Sunscreen. Just because the temperatures have dropped doesn’t mean your skin is not at risk from the damaging UVA and UVB rays. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and hands 30 minutes before going outside and reapply frequently. Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 mineral sunscreen comes with a brush-on applicator that makes frequent all-over application easy and quick. It is also a good idea to include in your regimen a product that has SPF built-in in your morning routine.
As the seasons change, it is important that you are prepared for the changes they bring. So make sure to include these tips in your winter skin care routine and you will be able to avoid the excess dryness and uncomfortable feelings you might have previously encountered. Here at Beyond Beautiful, we strive to help you become the best you you can be inside and out. So if you want to know more about winter skin care or have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at (310) 991-2827.