The weather has taken a turn in recent months, as it does every year. When this happens, we may give a bit of attention to how adverse conditions may affect our commute or what new items need to be added to our wardrobe. Additionally, studies suggest that we also need to consider our skin. Because many of our patients visit us to restore a more youthful vibe to their face, we think it’s beneficial to also discuss how winter weather can provoke premature aging, as well as what to do to keep this from happening.
Why so Dry?
The problem with this time of year is that, though our roadways may be wet and slick with rain and ice, the air itself is drier than it is during the summer months. This can create a number of frustrating irritations, from a stinging sensation on cracked hands and cheeks to parched lips and more obvious signs of aging. Dryness in the air may be a given, but dry skin doesn’t have to be.
Pampering Wintertime Skin
There are several common tricks for wintertime skin. Some suggest that we put humidifiers in every possible space. Most experts say we should keep our showers warm rather than steamy hot because hot water dries out the skin. We all know how good a piping-hot shower or hot tub session feels in contrast to frigid temperatures, though. Here’s what we suggest:
- Shower as you wish. It’s what you do after that matters. After a shower or bath, pat the skin dry and immediately apply an emollient cream everywhere you can reach, except on your face. It is important to note that hot water doesn’t actually moisturize the skin. That’s why a thicker cream is necessary to prevent over-drying.
- Keep lotions and body butter products close at hand. During the winter months, it may be necessary to apply a product often in order to prevent excessive dryness.
- Eat well. It’s true what they say; you are what you eat. For hydrated skin, experts recommend consuming plenty of water as well as healthy fats. Think walnuts for snacks and pasta or veggies cooked in avocado oil.
At St. Louis Facial Plastic Surgery, we also help patients fare well during the winter by offering skin-boosting treatments like chemical peels and dermabrasion. These two med-spa treatments deeply exfoliate the skin so cellular debris does not inhibit the absorption of hydrating and nourishing products.