Have you been keeping warm in these freezing temperatures? Here at the offices of Dr. Leo McCafferty, we understand how dropping temps and arctic blasts can really zap the moisture from your skin. But by using these five steps, you can help alleviate winter’s harsh effects on your delicate skin:
- Drink a lot of water. Keeping your body hydrated during the winter is very important. Six to eight glasses of water per day is what the average person needs.
- Try to stick with lukewarm water in your shower and bath. Hot water can take the natural oils out of your skin and make you feel even drier.
- Take extra care of your face and body during this time. Stay away from harsh soaps and, instead, use a gentle cleanser or cleansing cream. Exfoliate once a week, but remember: over-exfoliation can strip the skin. Apply a balm or moisturizing oil to the skin before bed. For daytime, before you get dressed, choose lotion instead of balm or oil. This absorbs better into the skin and won’t harm your clothes.
- Don’t forget about your lips. Lips need moisture, too, and they retain less moisture than the rest of your body. So switch to a lip moisturizer like Babylips, Burt’s Bees, Elta Lip Moisturizer, or Vaseline. If your lips are extremely dry, try brushing them lightly once a week with an old toothbrush, before you apply your lip moisturizer. This helps removes dead skin build-up.
- Use a humidifier in your bedroom or sitting area to add extra moisture. This benefits not only your skin, but reduces dryness in the sinuses and the rest of the body.
And as always, for any questions about your skincare routine, or to schedule a consultation, contact us at 412-687-2100.