It is almost that time of year again, when you open your front door and a gust of cold winter wind blows across your body. That cold dry air robs your skin of its much needed moisture.
Heading back inside, a chill goes up your spine as you crank up the thermostat. Cozy heat floods the room, providing much needed comfort. Although the warmth feels good to your body, indoor heating systems can dry out and damage your skin. Now that you are getting warm, you fill your tub with hot water for a relaxing bath. You step in and smile as the hot water feels toasty warm on your skin after a long, cold winter day. But your skin may not be smiling back at you. Long hot showers or soaking in hot baths to shake the winter chill can strip your skin of its natural oils.
Though cold winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin causing redness, flaking, and itching, at Refine MD our specialists can advise you on how to maintain healthy, beautiful skin despite winter’s harsh conditions. Here are some of our favorite tips.
Although hot baths and showers feel great, the next time you crank up the hot water remember the effects it has on your skin. It is best to turn down the water temperature to warm and decrease the amount of time soaking rather than risk getting dry, itchy skin.
It is important to use an exfoliating cleanser to slough off dead cells. Refine MD offers the highest quality medical aesthetic products including those from Éminence Organic Skin Care. The Éminence Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser is “a super fruit that helps protect skin from drying environmental stressors while promoting natural radiance.”
Once you exfoliate those dead cells, a moisturizer can more easily penetrate into your skin. But choose a moisturizer wisely. Some over-the-counter moisturizers contain ingredients that can dry your skin further. Refine MD offers several choices in moisturizing products. SkinMedica has several hydrating items that may be perfect for your skin.
Are you really serious about healthy skin? Then don’t forget to moisturize at night. Refine MD offers products from Revision Skincare including their Restorative Night Cream. This night cream is a “nutrient-rich moisturizer [that] is formulated with an exclusive selection of ingredients that hydrate and condition skin while you sleep.”
As you walk outside into the cold winter air, don’t forget to cover your face with a scarf and wear protective gloves. And, for exposed skin, don’t forget your sunscreen. Winter sun rays are just as damaging as the summer rays, and they can be reflected and made extra harsh by the bright white snow cover that winter brings. “Colorescience® UV Protectors deliver non-chemical sunscreen protection with added defense from environmental stressors.” These are “award-winning mineral powder sunscreen formulas” and are available at Refine MD.
Refine MD understands that there is a wide array of skin care products available on the market. It can be confusing and frustrating to weed through what may be the best products for your skin type. That is why Refine MD offers the highest quality products and free consultations. Come in and check out our products or set up a time for a free consultation. We look forward to meeting with you!