Caring for Your Skin during Winter

Upload: December 17, 2014Freezing temperatures and dry winds can dull even the most cooperative skin. Luckily, there are steps you can take to add the vibrancy back to your skin. Try these tips for beautiful and glowing skin.

Moisturize Properly

Let’s start with the basics. Moisturizing is critical to keeping skin moist and supple during the harsh winter months. However, using the wrong moisturizer or over-moisturizing can cause clogged pores, bumps and breakouts. The skin can only absorb so much product, and any excess product sits on the surface of the skin and can potentially clog up pores.

Look for a moisturizer targeted to your skin type (i.e., dry, oily or combination). Read the product labels and look for one or more of the following ingredients: safflower oil, soybean oil, cranberry oil, carrot oil, sunflower oil, rosehip oil, shea butter or phospholipids. These ingredients are great for repairing the lack of oil and hydration in the skin’s deep layers.

Also, be sure to apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp — this locks in the moisture.

Hydrate Your Scalp

We tend to neglect the scalp skin, which can become scaly, itchy and flaky without adequate hydration. On your next trip to the drugstore, scour the hair aisles for a shampoo and conditioner formulated to fight flakes, like a product from the Head and Shoulders or Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy lines.

Don’t Forget about Your Lips!

The lips can get chapped and cracked without adequate moisture. The digestive enzymes in saliva also contribute to cracking around the corners of the lips. Repeatedly licking them only makes the skin drier. Try a thick ointment like Aquaphor to treat dry lips. And, concoct a homemade exfoliant with sugar and coconut or almond oil to get rid of flaking.

Avoid Scratchy Fabrics

Wool and synthetic fibers can dry out and irritate the skin. If you need to wear wool for warmth, slip on a thin layer of cotton underneath to act as a barrier.

Pamper Your Hands

Gel manicures are extremely popular, but dissolving the strong polish is rough on the nails and hands. The nail beds and hands can suffer extreme dryness and cracking from repeated polish changes. If you are a regular at the nail salon, make sure to double up on hand cream before and after your manicure.

Schedule a Professional Skincare Consult

At the Plastic Surgery Group, our aestheticians offer a full range of skincare services in our Medi Spa. We can meet with you personally, discuss your skincare goals and develop a treatment plan to restore health and vitality to your skin.

To schedule a consultation with our team, please call (973) 233-1933 or send us an email.