Protecting Your Skin Against Common Wintertime Woes

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Soon there will be a chill in the air and the winter holiday season will be well underway. While you may be excitedly envisioning a "winter wonderland," your skin likely is cringing at the thought of facing its toughest season.

The cold weather can sap the moisture from your skin, leaving it dry, itchy and chapped. And running your home's heater at full blast does it no favors either. Avanti Medical Spa offers these tips for protecting your skin from its most common wintertime woes.

  • Switch up your moisturizing routine: During the summertime, lighter water-based moisturizers work just fine. But you'll need something a little more substantial to defend your skin against the harshness of the wind and cold. Opt for a non-clogging oil-based cream made with avocado, mineral, primrose or almond. They're thicker and will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture, but won't clog your facial pores. 
  • Shield yourself from the sun: The sun's UV rays remain just as harmful in the wintertime as they are during the summer. Choose a day moisturizer that contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Apply it about a half hour before going outside and reapply often if you're outdoors for long periods of time. 
  • Resist the temptation of a hot soak: Soaking in a steaming hot bath may seem a perfect cold-weather remedy, but your skin won't agree. Intense heat actually breaks down the skin's lipid barriers, which can cause it to lose moisture. Instead, take a lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda to help relieve dry skin. 
  • Humidify: Central heating systems and space heaters can provide a toasty, cozy atmosphere in your home, but can further sap the moisture from your skin. Place several small humidifiers in spots throughout your home and office to help return moisture to the air and evenly disburse it.
  • Hydrate: Some nutritionists will swear the notion that drinking eight glasses of water daily will give your skin a radiant glow. But the fact is that a lack of hydration will undoubtedly result in dry, tight, flaky skin that's less resilient and more prone to wrinkling. So keep drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fruits and vegetables. 
  • See a specialist: To really help correct and protect your skin during the wintertime and beyond, see a skincare specialist who can tailor a customized treatment plan and help you develop an effective at-home skincare routine.

St. Augustine's Avanti Medical Spa specializes in progressive skincare treatment tailored to protect and nourish your skin throughout all the seasons. Call 904-461-6060 to schedule a consultation today.