While our bright Miami winters aren’t as brutal as parts of the North and Midwest, most of us still suffer the consequences of cold, dry air. In most cases this means flakes. Dry patches adorn our foreheads, elbows, and legs as our skin dries out and starts to feel rough. Fortunately, you can prevent the worst of these flakes and even keep your skin moisturized while the weather is cold as long as you follow these steps.

Try an Exfoliation Treatment

There are many factors that go into consideration for your skin’s growth and regeneration. As we age, regeneration slows down, causing a buildup of dead skin cells. Cell regeneration also slows during the winter when the body uses energy for other functions like staying warm. This means you could be suffering from patches of rough skin while you wait for the cells to slough off.

If this sounds gross, don’t worry. Bella Vita offers multiple exfoliation treatments to remove these bad patches and give your skin the soft glow that you love. Consider the multivitamin facial or the European facials to feel like royalty and get your soft skin back.

Avoid Overly Hot Water and Showers

Stepping into a luxuriously hot shower is one of the best parts of surviving winter, but it could actually be causing the flakes instead of relieving them. Hot water rips the natural oils from your skin and leaves you feeling dry. Unless you’re replacing the lost oils with other vitamins, your skin will start to feel dry and brittle. So enjoy the hot shower, but don’t take too long, and turn down the heat when you can.

Apply Moisturizing Creams Regularly

Whenever you step out of the shower or wash your hands, the first thing you should do is reach for the moisturizer. For best results, choose gentle, unscented products and invest in oils instead of creams or lotions. By moisturizing after washing, you’re replacing the oils lost from the heat with healthy vitamins to keep your skin soft.

Stay Hydrated

Water is the cure for everything, including dry skin. Make sure you’re getting the right intake of water throughout the winter to keep your skin looking its best. Your body could be sending you a signal that it needs more fluids by making your lips parched and your skin flakey. Plus, with less moisture in the air, your skin is likely to dry out and lose the water it needs.

Self-care is one of the most important parts of skin health. If you don’t protect your skin, you’re doomed to have a flaky winter. Make an appointment today for a consultation on how to get your skin glowing again.

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