After two months with snow on the ground, your skin is probably a bit dry from the winter air. Exposed skin, particularly facial skin becomes more irritable under winter conditions. Plus the dry cold environment decreases the skins lipid barrier function, which protects and locks moisture in your skin. The dry winter air, plus sun and wind can cause or worsen skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis. Luckily though there are some precautions you can take to protect your skin.
Step 1: Avoid Long Hot Showers:
They dry your skin out and the heat can actually add to redness in your skin.
Step 2: Exfoliate:
Exfoliating gets rid of the dead skin cells that build up. This build-up adds to the flaking dry skin you see as well as prevents products from penetrating deeply into the skin. Exfoliating softens the skin and helps products work better. You can exfoliate your body with a loofa, and for the face use a scrub or exfoliating mask once a week. A professional exfoliation by an esthetician is wonderful as well because it is a deeper exfoliation that can treat your skin needs.
Step 3: Moisturize!!!
Feed your skin with nourishing, hydrating products that will protect, and replenish your skin. When going out for winter sports or activities, you may even add extra cream to protect your face from cold and wind burns by adding to your lipid barrier and preventing moisture loss.
Step 4: Sunscreen:
Just because its winter, don’t neglect to protect your skin from the sun. In the winter the sun may not be as hot, but the UV rays can still do their damage. Snow reflects light thus making UV ray exposure just as powerful during the winter as the summer. So add a small amount of sunscreen to your face before or after you apply your moisturizer.
Step 5: Protect Your Lips too!!!!
Lots of people forget about their lips until they are cracked and painful. Exfoliating and hydrating them is key. The spa has GM Collins- Lip Plumping Concentrate, which contains collagen and hyaluronic acid. It increases your lips natural moisture and gently exfoliates them to improve the overall look.
The combination of these skin care steps and our estheticians professional knowledge should help you better care for your skin. Treating yourself to a facial is a wonderful way to combat the effects of a New England winter on our skin. All facials involve a professional exfoliation and then work to nourish and replenish your skin while addressing your personal issues. The Collagen Facial and the C Sea Spa Facial are amazing for calming, soothing and hydrating skin.
* I do wish to remind you though that should you get wind burn or an intense skin condition from skiing or exposure to negative degree weather, you want to see your dermatologist as soon as possible to treat and protect your skin from further damage.