Combating Dry Winter Skin

The colder temperatures and lack of humidity often lead to dry, red skin.  I personally find my skin gets dry at this time of the year if i’m not proactive with my skin care regimen.  So, what can we do to prevent or manage this?

I recommend gentle exfoliation through alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic.  The Clarisonic brush is a very effective tool to exfoliate without over doing it.  Does it work?  Absolutely!  I’ve been using this tool for years!  The difference between cleansing by hand and use of the brush is incredible.  Once my clients start using the Clarisonic, they’re amazed at the amount of makeup or dirt that they’ve been leaving on their skin by simply hand washing.  Use of a tretinoin or retinol is also great to exfoliate, however keep use to a minimum this time of year as it can cause drying.  Chemical peels or microdermabrasion treatments are additional options done in office.  These treatments exfoliate your skin on a deeper level without much downtime.

The key to hydration is to use moisturizers which contain ceramides as well as hyaluronic acid.  Avene Thermal Spring Water is a spray that can be used at any time of the day, over makeup.  This soothes and calms skin.  The Clarisonic Opal is an eye treatment which allows your eye cream to penetrate the skin and work more effectively.  Also, turn a humidifier on at night to keep the skin hydrated.

Lastly….sunscreen is always a must, even in the winter months!  Remember, no matter what the SPF, you will not have protection throughout the day.  You should be using a minimum 30 SPF.  Also, be sure to reapply every 3 hours.  Clients are often concerned of having to take their makeup off, which doesn’t make reapplication realistic.  However, there are many powered sunscreens which can be applied over your makeup.