Between Jack Frost nipping at your nose and the harsh winter wind biting your cheeks, the frigid months before those first spring blossoms can be treacherous and damaging to your skin. Once the heat comes on in your home or office the air becomes as dry as a desert. Even though the weather outside may be frightful, that is no excuse to let your skin become equally so. Don’t let those winter blues fight against the rosy glow in your cheeks!
Moisturize Your Skin
Snowy rooftops and trees that glisten might lead you to believe there is water everywhere, I’m sorry to report that the winter months can be excessively devoid of moisture in the air. Be vigilant in applying moisturizer to combat winter dryness. Keep in mind that the lotion you use during the other parts of the year may not be adequate in battling against Old Man Winter.
Be sure to moisturize everywhere. The skin on your hands is thinner than most other parts of your body and therefore need special attention.
Humidify for Your Health
Lotions, creams, and ointments aren’t the only method of returning moisture into your dermal layer. Using a humidifier will counteract the hot, dry air being emitted from the heating system in your home or office and in turn neutralize the drying effects of the unforgiving winter air in the great outdoors.
Don’t Forget to Drink
When it comes to skincare, dryness is the enemy. That makes water your friend. Make it your best friend by hydrating properly. Remember, by the time you feel thirsty, your body is already low on H2O. Keep a bottle or glass of water nearby to sip during the day to replace the water you are losing to the dry air.
Sunscreen is often most associated with summertime activities such as trips to the beach or lounging by the pool. However, applying sunscreen is just as vital in the bleak midwinter as it is during the dog days of summer. It may be cold outside but the sun shines all the same. Additionally, the snow efficiently reflects the sun’s rays back up into your face. All the more reason to apply a protective layer of sunblock to shield your skin.
Bundling up is a necessity when the thermometer dips but in some ways, it can be detrimental to your skin. Your feet are likely to be cooped up in boots all day, and trudging through snow on the city sidewalks can leave your extremities damp, which can cause itching and irritation. Let your skin breathe and replace any damp garments with dry ones as soon as possible to minimize irritation.
Speak with a Specialist
The tips above are general advice to help you navigate the cold and frosty months ahead. But you are unique, and so is your skin. Speak with a specialist who can analyze your distinct skin type and recommend products and a regimen specific to you. Marilyn Monroe Spas are specialists who can help you determine what works best for you from our various facials to our certified organic skincare products.