You’ve most likely experienced some dryness during the winter months. That’s because low temperatures and low humidity can take a toll on your skin, and it can be difficult to maintain softness and hydration, especially if you find yourself outside often. If you’re having trouble keeping your skin healthy, here are some steps to take.
Use the right products
Just like your wardrobe, your skincare regimen most likely changes throughout the year. During the winter, it can be highly important to create a regimen of products to address dryness, especially if you’re already prone to it. Be sure to find a moisturizer that works with your skin and doesn’t cause breakouts, but can effectively keep the skin hydrated. It can even be helpful to make use of both emollient (locks in moisture) and humectant (increases water content) formulas at different times of the day. Consistency matters too— look for non-comedogenic moisturizers that are thick, creamy, and ointment-like. These are usually most effective at keeping your skin moisturized.
Make lifestyle changes
Along with taking stock of your products, it’s important to take stock of your lifestyle. Certain factors can contribute to dry skin, like dry air in your living space. Investing in a humidifier for your sleeping area can help your skin retain its moisture over the course of the night, making your products more effective. Additionally, avoiding steaming hot showers (even through it can be tempting if you’ve been outside!) can help to prevent breakdown of your skin’s moisture barriers. Fireplaces, which produce both heat and smoke, can be similarly drying.
Consider professional treatments
If you’re struggling to keep your skin moisturized, then professional skincare treatments can be an effective way to restore the skin and repair damage. Procedures like chemical peels can remove dead or damaged skin cells, revealing a healthy, new layer underneath. This can allow your skin to better absorb products and moisture, keeping it healthier and suppler in the long term. Plus, it can give your skin a nice, rejuvenated glow and address your skin concerns like pigmentation and fine lines at the same time.
Schedule a Consultation
Whatever your struggles to keep your skin healthy and moisturized this winter, Dr. Baird can recommend the right steps and products for your skin. To schedule a consultation and discuss your options, contact our Farmington office by calling or filling out our online form.