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How to Keep Your Skin Looking Fresh This Winter

Winter weather can be hard on your skin, but there are steps you can take to protect it.

If you live in a cold climate, the winter weather and indoor dryness can wreak havoc on your skin. Skin is more susceptible to becoming dry and irritated during the winter months, but you can keep your skin looking fresh and feeling beautiful this winter with some know-how and a good skin care routine.

Moisturizing for Winter

Winter heat and wind dehydrate the skin, which can cause flaking, itching and redness. Using moisturizer that is specially formulated for dry skin can help to combat this winter dryness. Specifically, alcohol-free moisturizers and the newly-popular facial oils can replenish the moisture that dry heat and wind strip away.

Before purchasing a moisturizer, read the ingredient declaration to determine if it contains any comedogenic ingredients. If your skin begins to break out after starting a new moisturizer or skin oil, stop using it.

Improving Air Quality

Air that is too dry will continue to remove the moisture from your skin as fast as you can add it. Running a humidifier in your home and office, if possible, can restore a healthy moisture balance to your skin.

Watch Shower / Bath Temperature

In winter, you may be tempted to increase the water temperature of your showers and baths to help you warm up, but very hot water breaks down the lipid barriers in your skin, which can remove moisture instead of adding it. Water that is too hot can age the skin. This is supported by the research on the effects of hot water on skin by Albert Kligman, M.D., from the University of Pennsylvania. Shorter bathing times with just warm water is much healthier for the skin's moisture levels than long, hot soaking.


The Role of Exfoliation

Moisturizing lotions and oils may not be able to penetrate the rough patches of skin on the feet and other dry areas. Using exfoliants like a sugar or salt scrub, or even a pumice stone for feet, will help to remove the dead skin from the surface so that lotions and oils can hydrate better. Feet can be exfoliated just about daily, but stick to once or twice a week for the face. Vivant’s Clear Body Therapy is an excellent exfoliate for rough cracked skin on the feet.

Space Out Peels and Masks

Chemical peels, microdermabrasions, clay masks and even astringents can strip the natural oils from your skin and make it drier. If you need to use these products, use them less often during the winter months. And consider switching to a deep hydrating mask rather than one that will remove moisture.

Stay Dry

Wet gloves and socks may irritate skin and make it itchy, or even trigger an eczema flare-up. If you need to wash your hands often during the day, you may want to consider hand soap with moisturizers or a moisturizing hand sanitizer, since moisture is leeched from hands each time they have to dry after being washed.

Vivant Skin Care offers many products that can protect your skin from the harsh winter weather. Browse our skin hydrating and protection products to find the perfect products that will keep your skin feeling fresh and beautiful during the colder months, and year round.