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5 Simple Steps to Protect Skin in Winter

// October 30, 2017

As the temperatures cool down and we move into the holiday season, it is natural for your skin to get dried out, start flaking, cracking, visibly irritated, and even for eczema to develop. Going from sitting by the warm fire, to the frigid snowy temperatures on a regular basis isn’t good for your skin.

Below are 5 tips from GlyMed Plus, the leader in skin care, to protect and heal your skin from this charming, yet desolate time of year.

Before we get into the tips, we wanted to offer a 15% discount for any non-laser aesthetic treatment. These treatments include:

*There are a few exclusions that you can see at the end of the article. Fill out the form below for more information. 

  1. 1. Moisturize Regularly

Did you know that there is a difference in summer and springtime moisturizers when compared to fall and winter moisturizers? The lotion you have been using in the summer will not be as effective in the winter months because summer lotions generally are lower in hyaluronic acid and AHAs. These ingredients are key in binding moisture to the skin. Look for moisturizers that are heavy but don’t clog your pores. You might even consider an oil-based moisturizer since they hydrate your skin and give you another layer of protection against the harsh winter elements.

  1. 2. Drink plenty of water

The benefits of drinking plenty of water have been proven time and time again. Not only is it good for your body but it is great for your complexion helping you stay youthful and beautiful.  When we drink water, it is distributed throughout our body. Your skin cells absorb water to prevent you from drying out.

  1. 3. Focus on your hands

Your hands are always working and receiving the torture of a hard work ethic. With that, it is vital that you take great care of them. There are a few things you can do to really pamper your hands and ensure they stay smooth and silky. Unlike the rest of your body, your hands don’t have a lot of oil glands which means from time to time they need extra help to prevent cracking. Part of your everyday carry should include a hand & body lotion that you can apply as necessary. At night, don’t be afraid to apply a heavier cream and even consider wearing hydrating gloves as you sleep. As you go outside, wear warm, dry gloves to protect your skin from the damaging wind and cold.

  1. 4. Always go out protected

Many think that our skin can only be damaged by the hot summer sun. False! You should be wearing sunscreen all year long. It is important that you apply sunscreen and then allow it a sufficient amount of time to be absorbed into your skin. Even on days that are overcast or seemingly safe, the UVA rays from the sun go straight through clouds and hit our skin and instantly begin aging our skin cells, resulting in an older, tired appearance at a younger age. If you don’t want the loss of collagen and elastin, wrinkles, sagging skin, and lines, wear sunscreen in the winter!

  1. 5. Don’t underestimate the power of a facial

A master aesthetician will do so much more than a simple facial. They will analyze your skin on a personal level and give you a game plan to ensure you look young for a long time. A professional will use pharmaceutical/medical grade skin care products to help you not only heal current skin conditions, but also give your skin the armor it needs to enjoy the cool weather of the holiday season.

Winter isn’t a time to just sit back and assume that because the summer is gone that our skin isn’t being damaged by the sun. We are also fighting a battle against the cold, dry climate as well.

Our own Pamela Howard, LME, is a licensed master aesthetician. During the shorter days of the fall and winter months, she recommends receiving a chemical peel which removes the dull, built-up layers of dead skin cells. This will hydrate your skin, give you a more vibrant appearance and even out your skin tone. A chemical peel also allows your other home care products to be more effective by penetrating deeper into your skin.

* The promotion is for our patients to enjoy 15% off any non-laser aesthetic treatment for new and returning customers. The only exclusion is that the patient must not have received treatment in the last 6 months.