As the head esthetician at FUZION, I am constantly asked about how to handle winter skin. Whether your skin is dry, oily, sensitive or normal all of us see changes in our skin when the weather gets colder. We give the same advice year after year because it is tried and true:
- Lower your thermostat
- Moisturize more frequently
- Take warm—not hot—showers
- Drink more water
- Get a humidifier
Now, here are a few new suggestions you may not have heard before:
Bathe less frequently. Most of us don’t need to bathe or shower every day. As Americans, we are a little obsessed with cleanliness. Many dermatologists have talked about our bathing obsession for years. You probably know someone who bathes morning AND night – crazy!! Try bathing every other day, I guarantee your skin will love you in return.
Edit your skin care products and routine. You change your wardrobe from summer to winter. Why wouldn’t you do the same with you skin care? Talk to a skin care professional to see if you should be making a switch! You may need a more hydrating moisturizer or need to add a serum with hyaluronic acid to help create a moisture barrier. [Of course, if you are not sure who to talk to, schedule a complimentary consultation with me now].
DO NOT stop exfoliating, in fact, you may need to step it up! Exfoliation rids the skin surface of old dead skin cells…which makes skin look dry and inhibits product penetration. You may also want to consider some professional exfoliation too, like a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. If you’re not quite sure what to expect with those, watch these videos of Erica getting a chemical peel and microdermabrasion.
Do you have any questions? Don’t hesitate to post a question or ask me directly! We are also hosting a free event next week, January 13 at 6pm at FUZION to discuss How to Beat the Winter Skin Blues. Make sure to join us!