When you hear the term “winter skin,” what do you think? Cracked, dry, peely skin that never seems to go away no matter how much face cream you slather on. As much as we love warm summers and mild winters, the desert can be tough on skin during the winter. Not only is dry skin extremely uncomfortable, it can lead to fine lines and wrinkles, a dull complexion, and premature aging. Luckily, there are many things you can do to remedy winter skin. Here are 5 skincare tips for winter skin.
1 – Visit your local Esthetician
Our Master Estheticians know the ins and outs of skin. Estheticians are skincare specialists and are passionate about helping you achieve your best skin. We recommend HydraFacials for gentle exfoliation, a boost of hydration, and much-needed antioxidants. Whatever your questions or concerns, your local Esthetician can help.
2 – Invest in a good night cream
When the winter months come, it’s helpful to switch to a heavier night cream. We personally love ZO’s Hydrating Creme, which relieves symptoms of severely dry skin while calming skin to soothe visible irritation and replenishing skin’s natural moisture to aid in skin recovery. We also recommend switching from a foaming or gel cleanser to a creamy cleanser, like ZO’s Hydrating Cleanser. Hydrating from within is also just as important as hydrating your skin with good products, therefore, increasing your water intake is crucial to helping your skin stay hydrated and radiant.
3 – Exfoliate often
Exfoliating removes the surface layer of dead skin cells, revealing fresh, young-looking skin underneath. Book a chemical peel with one of our Master Estheticians or take home ZO’s Exfoliation Accelerator to speed up your skin cell turnover and reveal smooth, hydrated skin. Bet you didn’t think a chemical peel could be hydrating!
4 – Don’t skip the SPF
Just because you’re not lounging on the beach or lake doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen! SPF is key to preventing premature aging, some forms of cancer, and hyperpigmentation. When looking for a good sunscreen, look for SPF 30 or above and make sure it’s broad-spectrum SPF, which means it protects your skin from both UVA and UVA rays. Don’t forget those forgotten areas, either, like the lips, eyelids, neck and ears.
5 – Turn down the temperature
We all love our steamy showers in the winter, but showering in hot water for long periods of time during the winter months not only dries out the skin, but also can damage the surface of the skin. Opt for a relaxing, lukewarm shower instead! Your skin will thank you!