While it took a little longer than normal, winter appears to have settled into Southern Alberta, likely for the next three-to-four months. And with winter comes some tough times for your skin.
The dry cold weather can be a nightmare for skin, often leaving it cracked, dry and dull looking.
With that in mind we have a few tips to help you get through the time of year that our skincare experts refer to as “The Great Depress-skin”.
1- Warm Not Hot
Everyone loves relaxing in a nice hot bath, with maybe an ice-cold glass of Chardonnay – it’s a great way to unwind after a hard day at work or a great way to have some quiet time away from the kids. But in the winter time it’s important to turn down the temperature of the water just a tad to warm instead of hot. You see the hotter the water, the more harsh it can be on your skin, often leaving it dry and stripping away a lot of the natural oils that keep your skin hydrated.
We also recommend adding natural moisturizers such as oatmeal to your water to help lock in moisture. As well, always pat your skin dry with a towel – never rub.
We have different wardrobes for summer and winter – I know I prefer my Uggs over my cute sandals when it’s minus 20 C° out – so we should moisturize our skin differently depending on the climate. In the winter months, our skin dries out faster because the air tends to be dryer. Because of this, make sure you are using a stronger moisturizer during the winter months. We recommend using one with natural oils or petroleum jelly to keep you skin hydrated, especially after baths and showers.
If you do notice your skin getting dry and cracked, we recommend using Dermalogica’s Barrier Repair to repair dry, cracked skin.
3- Drink Water
The average adult is made up of 60 per cent water. When it’s hot out in the summer it’s easy to make sure you’re getting enough water, because water is great during a workout or for cooling the body on a hot day.
However, in the winter, people tend to drink less water because they feel they don’t need the cooldown a refreshing glass of water brings. The result of this is the body pulls moisture from the skin as it needs water, and your skin becomes dryer. To prevent dry skin this winter, make sure you continue drinking as much water as you drink during the summer.
4- Wear Sunscreen
Calgary is an interesting city because we tend to get more sunny days during the winter months than we do during the summer months. And while the suns rays aren’t as potent during the winter, they do still damage the skin, often leading to early wrinkles. So, when you head out for the walk on a chilly day make sure to apply a SPF 15 sunscreen to guard against the sun.
And if you’re heading to Banff for a day on the slopes with the family, make sure you use a SPF 30 or stronger sunscreen, as the snow can magnify the sun while you’re on the ski hill.
5- Dial Back Facial Peels
In the summer time when the weather is warmer, our skin tends to be producing oil at a quicker rate, mostly because we’re sweating more. Because our skin tends to be oilier during the summer, we can use stronger facial peels to control that oil and still have moist skin. Once winter hits, facial oil production tends to slow a little because we aren’t sweating as much.
What this means for your skin is you need to dial back your facial peel to something that is less harsh on your skin. We recommend using the Dermalogica, 10 Minute FaceFit Express Facial during the winter months. Book yours with Altura Aesthetics today for the low price of $10.
6- Visit Altura Aesthetics
Please excuse us for the shameless plug of our services, but our skincare experts offer FREE skin consultations and will work with you to develop a plan to have your skin looking its best this winter. The consult is FREE so stop in a talk to our experts today, be on your way to better skin tomorrow.
Have a wonderful day :)