Winter is upon us no matter where you live. Yes, winters are more intense depending on where you live, but nonetheless, our skin changes with the weather. So what does it mean to “winterize” your skin? It means preparing our skin with the proper products, nutrition and services for drier, cooler and sometimes freezing weather. We run the heater in our homes and cars the majority of the winter and this can be very drying to our skin. Our diet becomes more comforting and unfortunately with comfort food comes less nutritional value.
It is important to make sure our skin is exfoliated and fed lots of hydration. Our skin can hold up to 14 layers of dead skin! Yuck! Our cellular turnover slows down as we age and needs help with the exfoliating process. Hydration is important for all skin types, even oily skin. There is a difference between oil and water.
There are two ways to exfoliate our skin, mechanical and chemical. An example of mechanical exfoliation is a scrub, dermaplaning or microdermabrasion. All these can be very effective. Make sure when using a scrub for your face that you are not using anything too harsh. You want your facial scrub to have jojoba beads and not crushed nuts. A scrub with crushed nuts is like scrubbing your face with shards of glass and will make tiny lacerations in your skin. You do not want to over exfoliate, so only use a scrub once a week. If you like to dermaplane or have microdermabrasion done by your esthetician, you will need to consult with them to determine what’s best for your skin.
As far as chemical exfoliation, that means some kind of acid peel. There are so many different types of peels, like glycolic, lactic, vitamin A (Retinol), Jessner, salicylic, and so on. I strongly recommend you seek an esthetician’s advice as to which peel will work best for you. An esthetician will also be able to give you the proper skin care products you need to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.
How can you help your skin from the inside? Water, water and then some more water. It may seem redundant, but drinking plenty of water daily is the best thing you can do for your skin. It helps with hydration and detoxification. Everything we put into our bodies affects our skin. Our skin is our largest organ and probably the most neglected. By feeding our body with the best nutrition, we are feeding our skin. Some important things to incorporate into your diet are fish oil, avocado, WATER, fruits and vegetables, which are great antioxidants.
One more thing to remember is your sunscreen. It may be winter, but the sun can still damage our skin on gloomy day.
Hope these few tips get your skin ready for the winter. It’s time to shed that dead skin and feed it with some good nutrition!