Dry Skin Have You Flaky?
Do you have dry, itchy winter skin? You’re not alone. During the winter months, many of my clients are asking for advice on the 'right' cream to use to cure their dry skin. Dry skin and how to care for it is so much more than just using moisturizers. Dry skin isn’t just a winter problem, in fact is is year round. In the summer months there's more moisture in the air, yet people still have dry skin issues.
In the winter, the air is typically dry and cold. It's the dry air that can lead to dry skin problems. The temperature is colder outside and everywhere we you go the heat is on, even in your vehicles. This is why dry skin is associated with Winter Months. Dry skin looks dull, can crack and flake so it’s important to follow three basic steps: Cleanse, Moisturize & Protect. Dry skin looks dull. It can crack and flake so it’s important to follow three basic steps: Cleanse, Moisturize & Protect.
1. GENTLY CLEANSE at least twice a day and whenever you are leaving the pool or ocean. You want to remove chlorine, salt, and toxins from pollution. Exfoliate, gentle scrubbing twice a week to remove dead skin cells.
2. MOISTURIZE- Choose light weight moisturizers for your face and body that are fragrance and oil free. Apply morning and night to restore healthier, hydrated skin. Look for key ingredients in your moisturizer or serums such as Hyaluronic acid (a natural moisturizing agent that is capable of holding 1000 times its weight). It is recommended to use anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, and E which should be applied in the morning to the face and neck for best results prior to moisturizing. If you find yourself still very dry, try a hydrating mask 2 to 3 times a week before you go to bed.
3. PROTECT – Sunscreen is key! Protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB with sunscreen that has high levels of titanium dioxide and zinc. Be sure to use water resistant sunscreen and repeat throughout the day.
More In-Expensive At Home Tips If You Are Suffering From Dry Skin:
Harsh soaps are not your friend. Many people love the feeling of being “squeaky-clean” after using harsh soaps in the shower. Harsh soaps strip your skin of essential lipids (fats) that keep the skin moisturized. Instead, try a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser and limit its use to cleaning the underarms and groin, or skin that is visibly soiled.