1. Add a little moisture - As weather conditions change, you may need to change your moisturizer. Most of us need to switch to something more emollient in the winter. Make sure you're choosing a high quality moisturizer that is free of pore clogging ingredients, especially if you're acne prone. Lira's Bio Caviar Creme is a rich, emollient moisturizer with caviar, colloidal silver and gold, vitamin C and plant stem cells.
2. Exfoliate - If you have excessive dry, dead skin cells, moisturizers and serums you apply can't do their job. Don't choose apricot scrubs or other harsh exfoliates, which can cause micro-tears in the skin and break down the skin's barrier. Instead, choose a good retinol serum or creme, like Lira's Pro C4 Retinol Serum or Pro Retinol Creme. Both of these products dramatically improve skin texture by eliminating dead skin cells.
3. Inside out - Good nutrition and hydration always matter, but that's especially true in winter. Often my clients with dry skin drink very little water. Your minimum water intake each day should be half your body weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 150 lbs, your minimum water consumption should be 75 ounces. Water intake should be increased if you consume caffeine, soda, or excessive salt. Increasing water intake will also help with weight loss. Add a little lemon juice and you're detoxing as well!
4. Sunscreen - Every. Single. Day. If you see me in clinic, I always ask you if you're wearing it because it's so important. Sun exposure and smoking are the two things that contribute to skin aging more than any other factors. In the winter, snow significantly increases UV exposure. I absolutely love Lira's Oil Free SPF 30. It has fabulous UVA/UVB protection and is packed with skin loving ingredients like plant stem cells and vitamin C.
5. Don't forget your hands - They need the same care as the skin on your face. Hands easily show signs of dryness and aging. Gently exfoliate the hands, and always follow with moisturizer. Wearing gloves does't just keep your hands warm - gloves also prevent moisture loss. And next time you're in for a facial, consider a hand treatment add-on and we'll start banishing those pesky dark spots that start to pop up as we age.
6. Minimize hot showers and baths - Nice, hot baths feel wonderful, but they can break down the lipid barriers in skin and lead to dryness. Try to stick to warm baths, and toss in some baking soda and oatmeal to relieve dry, itchy skin.
7. And after your bathe or shower - Moisturize that whole body. I'm not a fan of drug store products for the face, but one of my favorite body moisturizers is available from the drugstore and it's called Amlactin. It's a lactic acid moisture than gently removes dead skin cells while moisturizing.
8. A little spritz - If you're feeling dry mid-day, spritz on Lira's Hydrating Mineral Mist. It will instantly balance, refresh, and hydrate skin in one mist. I keep one in my purse.
9. Consider a professional treatment - There are many treatments available in clinic to eliminate dry winter skin. Treatments can be done in as little as 30 minutes and make a significant difference in how your skin will look and feel during the coming months. Winter is also a great time to begin a peel series. Come in and we can discuss the perfect, personalized solution for you. You can even book your appointment online.