If you’re following the same skincare routine each and every season, this could be exacerbating your dry skin problem. As the seasons change, so should your skincare, especially as the air becomes dry during the winter. If you’re dealing with dry skin, here are some ways to give it the nourishment it needs to stay hydrated and supple.
At Home Routines
Use a Humidifier
The winter can be a challenging time for dry skin. The cold air outside can get as dry as the Sahara Desert, while inside, the heat blaring through our vents can suck out the humidity and create very dry conditions. As a result, our skin can become red, flaky and itchy. Since we spend so much time indoors during the wintertime, it’s important to add more moisture back into the air, which is why using a humidifier is important during this time of year. Setting the humidifier to around 60% will help to replenish the moisture in your home and your skin.
Limit Your Bath and Shower Times
If you tend to take long baths or showers, this can dehydrate your skin and strip away its natural oily layer. To heal your dry skin, try to limit your bath or shower to 10 minutes max and use lukewarm water instead of hot water.
Alter Your Diet
Incorporating healthy fats into your daily diet will help maintain healthy, glowing skin. We recommend eating avocados, walnuts, fatty fish like salmon, and adding more olive oil into your meals.
Drink Plenty of Water
A majority of individuals are chronically dehydrated because we simply don’t drink enough water. It can be tricky to get in those eight glasses every day with so much going on. To help you remember, use an app or set notifications on your phone to prompt you during the day to drink up.
Exfoliate Your Skin
It doesn’t matter how good your moisturizer or serum is. If your skin is covered in layers of dry, dead skin, it won’t benefit you as much as it should. Exfoliate your skin lightly, being gentle as you go. You can use a mild scrub or if your skin is extra sensitive, using a wet facecloth can work well too. Do this once or twice each week.
Switch to a Heavy Moisturizer
During the summer months, there’s ample humidity and moisture, which means our skin needs a lighter face cream to prevent our pores from getting clogged. However, during the winter, the moisture gets stripped and we need to switch to a heavier moisturizer to help replenish and hydrate our skin. Speak with a skincare specialist to learn which one is right for your skin type.
Apply Antioxidant Serums and Sunscreen
Two products that should be used year-round are antioxidant serums and sunscreen. Any time of year, our skin is exposed to harsh pollutants and gets attacked by free radicals. This can damage our natural collagen production and lead to premature aging. Also, during the winter, UV rays are still a risk factor. Always use sunscreen or a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30 before heading outside, even on cloudy days.
Avoid Using Harsh Soaps and Cleansers
Pay attention to the type of products that you’re using to cleanse your skin. Soaps with fragrance and any alcohol-based products can dry your skin out and also strip away natural oils that protect it. Avoid any soaps or cleansers with harsh scents. Look for ones that have natural, nourishing ingredients like oatmeal and chamomile.
Proper home and skincare routines are a good baseline for dealing with dry skin. However, skincare treatments such as chemical peels are one of the most effective ways to combat dryness by thoroughly restoring hydration. Chemical peels are ideal for those who want to treat dullness, fine lines and other imperfections. These peels scrub away the old dead skin to reveal a new layer for a refreshed and smoother complexion. Your skincare specialist will evaluate your skin type to determine the right type and level for you.
Your skin has to endure a lot each day, especially during the harsh winter months. To alleviate dryness and restore hydration, give it the treatment it deserves at The Ottawa Skin Clinic. Contact us today for a consultation with one of our skincare specialists.