Many of us have experienced the ramifications of exposing our skin to the frigid outdoor temperatures. Among the most common ramifications is chapped, dry skin. Fear not, however, as there are a number of measures that can be taken to ensure your skin doesn’t continue to dry out over the course of our ever-lengthy wintertime.
Here are three easy ways to prevent dry skin in the winter:
1. Go heavy on moisturizing.
Naturally, the best way to prevent dryness is to add moisture, right? When it comes to keeping your skin in its healthiest condition, the same rule applies. It’s important to remember that when you bathe, you strip your skin of moisture. Be sure to moisturize quickly after showering. And don’t forget those particular areas of the body that tend to get neglected. They include your feet, elbows and knees.
Megan Mayer of HuffPost suggests that you make Vaseline your friend. Using it on the areas of your body that tend to get dry the most will help to ward off chapping and cracking. “Dry feet? Check. Dry elbows and knees? Double check. Lather up, ladies and gentleman, that little plastic container is your go-to all winter long,” she writes, “From lip balm to foot cream to makeup remover, this gooey substance can ‘fix’ just about anything.”
2. Put fish on your dish.
Sometimes, it’s best to nourish your skin from the inside out. Eating fish that are rich in omega-3 fats can help you to prevent dehydration of your skin cells. This not only prevents the signs of aging, it also helps you to repair a number of skin conditions such as eczema, thick patches of skin and cracked heels.
3. Avoid hot showers.
This may be a hard one to pull off as Canadians are no strangers to hot showers during the wintertime. It’s a great way to rid yourself of that bone-chilling winter air once you get inside, isn’t it? The problem with hot showers is that they also tend to dry your skin much quicker than cold ones.
Of course, cold showers aren’t necessarily recommended during the winter. Going warm is your best bet. “We know it’s tempting, but showering in scalding temperatures tends to dry out your skin even more,” says Mayer, “Hot water removes natural oils from the skin, and the more oils removed, the drier the skin becomes.”
At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we consider it important to follow these skin care tips all year round as it becomes even more difficult to keep our skin from drying as we age. There are other fantastic ways, however, to rejuvenate your skin and revive and restore your natural beauty.
We offer microdermabrasion and facial peels for people of all ages! If you have any questions or wish to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-358-5818. You may also email.