Get Your Skin Winter-Ready: How To Combat Dry Skin in Winter

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Winter is a fun time of family celebrations, but it also wreaks havoc on your skin. The wind, cold air, indoor heating systems, and lower humidity levels leave you with itchy, dry skin that no amount of lotion can help.

Our team wants to help you combat dry skin during these chilly, arid months with nourishing facial treatment options and quality skincare products. Below are some easy tips for getting that soft and radiant skin you’ll be proud to show off this winter.

Try a HydraFacial®

This stellar facial combines cleansing, exfoliating, and hydration all in one treatment session. HydraFacial is great for removing dead skin cells and opening up congested pores. It’s also an ideal treatment for the winter months, as it adds a much-needed layer of hydration to the skin.

HydraFacial is gentle enough for any skin type and skin concern, so you don’t have to worry about after-effects or downtime. Schedule HydraFacial treatments every 4 to 6 weeks to maintain your fresh, luminous skin.

Don’t Forget Internal Hydration

Make sure to drink plenty of water or other liquids during the winter months to hydrate your skin from within. People often make the mistake of paying attention to their skin but not their diet when it’s cold and dry outside. Stock up on fresh juices, fruit, and vegetables, so your skin gets some extra TLC.

How much water you should drink each day depends on several factors, including the time of year. For women, the amount of total water is about 11.5 cups per day, and for men, about 15.5 cups. These estimates, however, include fluids consumed from both foods and beverages, including water. You typically get about 20% of the water you need from the food you eat. Taking that into account, women need about nine cups of fluid per day and men about 13 cups in order to help replenish the amount of water that is lost.

Avoid Over Exfoliation

If your skin is rough and dry due to the cold air, you are probably reaching for scrubs or exfoliating acids. But these products can sometimes damage the skin barrier if overused. If you do exfoliate, make sure to stick to 1 to 2 times a week and follow up with some quality moisturizer and sunscreen.

The Obagi Nu-Derm® System includes a gentle exfoliating lotion, hydrating products, and sunscreen to moisturize, protect, and restore your skin. Remember, dry skin needs skincare products that are gentle as well as effective to prevent aggravating it.

Moisture Is Key

Skin treatments and facials will not help much if you don’t moisturize your skin every day. A good moisturizer should not only infuse your skin with hydration but also lock in the moisture you already have. If you don’t like the feel of a thick and heavy moisturizer, you can try Alastin Ultra Light Moisturizer, which is feather-light but ultra-hydrating. And if you are already thinking beyond dry winter skin and ahead to New Year’s celebrations, read this previous blog to get your skin celebration-ready!

There are plenty of ways to get your skin winter-ready, but these suggestions can help you get started. For even more facial treatment options, request a consultation using our online form or call us at (541) 200-2444 to schedule an appointment.

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