Cozy socks, warm fireplaces, and cuddly blankets all sound great as we prepare for the cold winter temperatures just around the corner. What doesn’t sound as appealing is the dry, tight, flaky, parched skin that comes with this season. Our exposure to the less humid air, blustery winds, and indoor heat can cause our skin to appear dull, less vibrant, under moisturized, and just plain older. But don’t worry! There are steps you can take to get ahead of the dull and keep your skin healthy and glowing all winter long. Below are some tips and products we like to use to keep our skin supple and radiant!
Keeping it Clean: Keeping your skin clean is a great way to keep your skin fresh and your pores clean and less likely to have clogged pores causing blemishes. Using a cleanser that is gentle in the cooler months helps to balance the skin, gently cleanse, and maintain the skin’s natural pH and moisture. While salicylic acid is a great ingredient to exfoliate the skin in the warmer months, it causes increased dryness in the winter. Stick to gentle cleansers that calm or soothe dry skin and are creamier in consistency. As much as you want to exfoliate that annoying dry skin, it is important to do it as gently as possible. Here are 3 great cleansers from SkinCeuticals: Soothing Cleanser, Simply Clean, and Gentle Cleanser. (www.davidandrossi.com)
For the more budget friendly, check out Cerave, Cetaphil, and Neutrogena (HydroBoost is a great one!).
Let’s talk about those summer sunspots: Summer leaves us with a lot of fun memories made outside enjoying the warm sun and beautiful weather. It also leaves us with the less desirable sun damage and sun spots. When it is cold out, you are less likely to spend as much time outside in the sun. This makes this time of year a great time to tackle the sun damage left by the summer sun. Using products that contain hydroquinone and kojic acid will help diminish the marks left by the summer sun. Start slowly and work up to regular use. It is important to remember, these products (bleaching creams) will exfoliate the skin, so hydration is super important. I love using these pads from David and Rossi Cosmetic Surgery for about 3 months and then switching to SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense
Reduce fine lines and wrinkles with vitamin C: Now that you are taking care of those pesky sun spots, treating the skin with a Vitamin C serum will help keep the damage of the UV radiation at a minimum. The antioxidant properties of the vitamin C will help repair your skin, increase collagen production, which will soften fine lines and wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming. This is one of those “can’t miss” products in great skin care no matter the time of year. Here is what we use twice a d day and love!
Build Collagen with Retinol: With less sun exposure, winter is a good time to break out the retinol products. Just keep in mind these too can be drying and a good moisturizer is key. Moisturizing will definitely be addressed! Just like the bleaching creams, products containing Retinol need to be used slowly. Give your skin time to adjust and don’t go too fast. We love the Obagi line and personally use 0.05%.
Staying Hydrated: Having well hydrated skin in the dry months of the year is so important! Especially if you are treating your skin to repair sun damage and build collagen production, you will want to make sure you are using hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is not like what it sounds. It is not harsh or drying of the skin at all. It is actually the exact opposite. Hyaluronic acid keeps moisture locked in to plump, soften and even keep the skin looking younger. This another can’t miss product of the dryer winter months.
Moisturize!: Choosing a good moisturizer is key this winter! A product containing ceramides and lipids will repair your skin and help maintain moisture balance. Use your moisturizer at least twice a day… morning and night. Your skin will thank you!
Protecting your skin: Although you will not be spending as much time outdoors, the sun and it’s harmful UV rays are still shining down on your pretty little face. With all the winter work to repair the sun damage and keep fine lines and wrinkles to a minimum, protecting our skin from the sum is super important! Using an SPF30+ is essential. You can choose a moisturizer that has SPF built in and I personally like using a tinted SPF. Now that your skin is radiant and glowing, you can finish your beauty routine with a little tinted moisturizer with SPF and head out!
Got chapped lips?: Who doesn’t love a good chapstick? I will admit, I love a silky smooth chapstick with a hint of flavor. My favorite is SunBum, I love all of the them! However, even the best chapsticks sometimes won’t give you what you need. If you lips are feeling particularly parched, layer them with some Aquafor. The thick ointment will really help with the peeling and cracking.
Still Dry?: Treating your skin extra special during these harsher months is super important. There are a lot of great masks to help heal the skin when you are feeling extra dry. Using a hydrating mask 1 to 2 times a week will help you skin stay extra soft and lush. https://sandiegoface.com/hydra-facial-san-diego/
Don’t forget about your body: Dry skin doesn’t discriminate!
Just in case keeping your skincare line up to snuff isn’t enough, here are a few other procedures to help you meet your skin goals! Look for more blog posts on what it is like to actually have these done!