Wintertime can look pretty outdoors and make us feel cozy as we put on our favorite cuddly sweaters and sit down with a hot cup of tea. But it’s also the season that’s most likely to produce dry, cracked skin, thanks to the dry air. Whether you enjoy winter recreation or prefer to escape it by staying indoors, your skin can be frustrating to deal with during the winter months.
But fear not, you are not alone. Most people suffer from dry, cracked skin during the winter months. The good news is that there are correct ways to deal with these common issues and return the moisture balance to your skin.
Our skincare experts believe that cracked skin needs attention whether it develops on the heels of your feet or your fingers. Sometimes, even the best gloves, mittens, or heavy socks can’t protect against dry, cracked skin in winter.
Wash the cracked skin with simple soap and water, and apply an antibiotic cream to the area. You want to soothe the skin and avoid any infection that could seep into the cracks.
Mirror Mirror recommends using a rich moisturizing cream after bathing or showering during wintertime. Even when washing the dishes, you should always keep some hand cream nearby to add a layer of protection and hydration to your hands for suppleness. Dishwashing liquid often contains alcohol and chemicals that can dry out your skin.
Many of us constantly have our hands in the water during the winter months to wash up and avoid colds or the flu. However, every time your hands are wet, moisture can quickly escape. Reapplying a good hand cream often can work wonders.
An excellent body moisturizer for those cold days and nights should contain ingredients that effectively seal in the moisture and deliver smooth, soft skin. Avoid harsh chemical ingredients whenever possible.
There are luxe body butters you can try that feature incredible skin-saving ingredients, like shea butter and cocoa butter. These rich butters naturally contain fatty acids to nourish dry skin, improve its elasticity and boost moisture retention. Many formulas will not clog the pores or cause break-outs and can be safely used on both the body and face.
Eczema, rosacea and/or psoriasis can come back with a vengeance during winter, so applying a rich butter lotion such as cocoa or shea can sometimes help tame the condition and redness.
Oils are another type of natural ingredient added to many moisturizing creams and/or serums. Many of these natural oils already contain effective properties of fatty acids and antioxidants. Coconut oil is a great choice for its antibacterial and antifungal properties and can be applied after a shower to lock in moisture.
When it comes to a dry complexion, especially during the cold winter months, your face and neck can feel very tight and uncomfortable. You’ll want to choose a facial product that delivers adequate moisture but does not cause breakouts from too many oils.
A hyaluronic acid (HA) based cream or serum is an excellent choice. HA is a substance naturally found in the human body. It acts as a wonderful lubricant for the joints, muscles, heart, eyes, and skin.
Unfortunately, as we begin aging, HA levels drop off and we start to develop wrinkles and dry skin. By applying a hyaluronic acid cream or serum, you can restore long-lasting moisture for plumper skin if used every day.
Here at our skincare spa, we also offer popular HA cosmetic injections to deliver youthful facial contours that can last for several months at a time. The look is natural, and the results are instant.
Facial oils are another type of face moisturizer that can balance out your complexion. Rosehip oil, sweet almond oil, and argan oil are all beneficial. All three absorb into the skin easily as you massage them in. The oils seal in moisture and protection and will not irritate your complexion.
During those cold winter days and nights, blasting the heat in our homes can be very drying to the skin and hair.
Not only can a humidifier offer a calming atmosphere for sleeping, but it also battles indoor dry air by increasing moisture levels in the air and allowing our pores to absorb the vapor.
When we fall asleep at night, moisture is actually evaporating from our skin. Having a humidifier in the bedroom can help you retain that essential moisture, improving dryness and reducing your urge to scratch your parched skin.
See A Skin Care Expert at Mirror Mirror
If you’re constantly dealing with dry, cracked skin, we can help you at our renowned skincare medspa, Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique. Schedule an appointment, and allow us to examine your skin and recommend an approach that is tailored to your specific skincare needs.
We have a wide range of unique and effective, medical-grade skincare products. Not only can these advanced formulas treat dry, cracked skin, but the ingredients also offer anti-aging benefits to deliver radiant, youthful skin that glows.
Dr. Paul Vitenas is a leader in his field and is considered to be one of Houston’s top cosmetic surgeons. Not only does he possess impressive surgical skill and artistry, but he is also professional, compassionate and proud of both his plastic surgery practice, Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, and Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique, a top Houston medical spa.
Our skincare professionals look forward to meeting you. Contact us here to set up a consultation.