If you have to spend winter away from home, you can’t beat Miami. The only problem is that our Miami skin becomes so acclimated to steam-room humidity that the winter can still shock the system. Here are a few tips to stop Jack Frost from nipping at all your skin’s moisture:
Change Up Your Skin-Care Regimen
The weather isn’t the same — your skin-care routine shouldn’t be either. A light, oil-free moisturizer might have been enough the past three seasons, but you have to bring out the big guns for winter. If you’re not prone to breakouts, try an oil-based moisturizer. Typically, ointment moisturizers are oil-based, as are many night creams. These lotions form a layer on your skin that locks in your natural moisture, perfect for keeping your skin healthy this winter!
Keep Your Skin Healthy: Don’t Wash Your Hands As Often
Before you run screaming to your sanitizing wipes for comfort, hear us out. When you wash too frequently in the winter, you subject your hands to a jarring wet-to-dry environment.
Nothing will leech moisture out of your skin faster. Instead of soap or hand sanitizer, use wipe-off cleaners without alcohol. Your hands will still get clean—so no need for a panic attack—but you will avoid the chapped hands that are winter’s hallmark (and not the good kind with scarf-wearing dogs on cards).
Hot Baths Don’t Do You As Good As You Think
We know how tempting it is to take piping-hot baths and showers when the weather turns chilly. But, when you do, you’re obliterating your skin’s lipid barriers and losing moisture as well. Instead, try a lukewarm bath with a little baking soda or oatmeal to soothe your skin.
Listen to the Archies’ (Advice): Sugar, Oh Honey, Honey
If you have dry patches that refuse to cooperate, try a hydrating elixir of honey and sugar. Honey is a humectant—meaning it preserves moisture, for the non-dorks out there—and also reduces inflammation.
Sugar is not only an amazing exfoliator, but it also increases blood flow to the skin when used as a scrub. This is exactly what you want when cold winter temps try to wick blood away from the skin’s surface. Who knew that, in 1969, the Archies totally saw this one coming?
Want more skin-health tips from a professional? Make an appointment with one of our aestheticians to winter-proof your skin.
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