Are you noticing dry, flaky skin this Winter?
It happens to a lot of us this time of year. The air around us is colder and drier, and that environment can be rough on the skin. Here are some tried and true tips that I share with my clients to help maintain moisture throughout the day and reverse patchiness.
Hit your water goals.
Water plays such an important role in our bodily functions that we can experience all kinds of miscues without it, including dry skin. You need about half of your body weight in fluid ounces of water a day to support the body functions that impact the skin. Make this a part of your daily lifestyle and you will notice your skin hydrating and regulating from the inside out. Drink water, not fruit juice or sports drinks which can make skin problems even worse!
Eat your fruits and veggies!
Yes, you need to eat your water, too. Foods like cucumbers, watermelon, squash, really anything with a watery inside can contribute to hydrating your body inside and out. Get creative with your recipes as long as you’re not adding too much salt or processed sugar.
Humidify your room
An air humidifier is an essential skincare tool if you have dry skin. Our skin goes into rejuvenation mode while we sleep. If the air in the room is dry, you may wake up to flaky, peeling skin most mornings. Try sleeping with a humidifier in your room and the door closed every night to keep your skin in a hydrated environment.
Don’t overuse skincare product
This is a big one because many people with acne or any skin challenge try to overcompensate by using more than the recommended amount of product for treatment. Some ingredients for treating acne, aging signs, and other skin conditions can be very drying for the skin, especially around the eyes, nose and mouth. Never use more than the recommended amount and always stick to your esthetician’s guidance when using acne treatment products.