How to Take Care of Your Skin During the Winter Months

I get a lot of comments from clients on their skin changing during the winter months. Reports of irritation, extreme dryness, itchy, redness and scaly skin, and nothing they do seems to make their skin normal. I've compiled a few things that you can do to avoid this irritation.


Winter can be harsh on your skin


Winter presents a unique set of challenges for skin care. Cold, dry air and constantly running heaters leave your skin stripped of moisture. Dry skin is not only unattractive, but also uncomfortable as well. To avoid rough, scaly or itchy winter skin, take proper care of your face by following these five tips.


Drink Plenty of Water

Maintaining a good level of hydration from the inside is important all the time, but especially so in winter. What many people forget is that the skin is an organ and that, just like any other organ’s cells, skin cells are primarily made up of water. When cells are dehydrated, the organ doesn’t function as well as it would with lots of water. When winter rolls around it can be tempting to drink warm, cozy drinks like coffee and tea. However, to keep your skin looking, and feeling, it is imperative to remember to drink plenty of water.


Exfoliate

While it may seem counter-intuitive to exfoliate skin during colder months, it is important to remove dead skin cells from the surface. Ideally, you want to find exfoliating products that contain glycolic acid. Glycolic acid helps to breakdown cell bonds making it easier to remove dead skin and debris that accumulates on your skin. The simplest and gentlest way to exfoliate is to use your regular facial cleanser and wash using a wash cloth. Apply light pressure and cleanse using circular motions. If you want to add a bit more power to your exfoliation, use a facial scrub to exfoliate skin. To avoid aggravating sensitive and dry winter skin, stick to exfoliating once or twice each week rather than daily.