Winter Dry Skin: Exfoliation, Sunscreen and Cautions
In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics for avoiding dry skin during the forthcoming Utah winter. Cold, dry air is a hallmark of this state during the cool season, and dry skin is one common result – and can have an impact not only on several basic skin areas, but also on those who have recently had treatments like Botox injections, laser tattoo removal or other treatments from our medical spa.
At the offices of Steven Jepson MD, we’re happy to offer not only these high-quality services, but also numerous skin care products that will assist with everything from dry skin to several other anti-aging properties. Today’s part two of our series will go over a few other general tips we’ll offer our clients or anyone else looking for basic expertise on how to limit the effects of dry skin this winter.
We went over some basic products to consider in part one, but a couple areas deserve their own special sections – and exfoliators are atop this list. One of the single most important pieces of keeping the skin fresh and hydrated during the winter is removing dead skin cells from its surface, which is exactly what exfoliation is.
Use a gentle, hydrating exfoliator during the winter, especially if you have ccc. Do not use harsh treatments or masks that may damage the skin as much as they assist with it, however. Our staff will be happy to recommend a quality exfoliator for your skin type.
One quick way to dry out your skin? Getting a sunburn. Furthermore, a specific burn isn’t the only risk you’re placing yourself in if you spent significant time in the sun without sunscreen. UV rays from the sun will damage the skin in multiple ways, including promoting dryness and results like cracking. Wearing high-SPF sunscreen anytime you’re in the sun for any reasonable period of time is important – also ensure it is broad-spectrum sunscreen that covers both UVA and UVB rays.
Areas to Limit or Avoid
There are also several practices, products or other areas you should limit or steer clear of to avoid dry skin during winter:
Soaps: Always use moisturizing soaps, and try not to overdo it with other soap types that often dry out the skin.
Scrubbing: Limit or avoid items like scrub brushes, washcloths and bath sponges, as these can irritate and dry the skin. If you must use them, do so lightly and gently.
Hot water: While warm or lukewarm water is perfectly fine, water that’s too hot may wash away natural moisturizing oils on your skin. Bathing for too long each day may also cause the skin to lose moisture, so only bathe or shower for 10 minutes or so daily.