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The Winter Wonderland has returned, and that brings most of us a lot of joy. There’s something special about sipping hot cocoa by a crackling fire while the snow falls outside the window. On the flip side, there can be something a little frustrating about the dryness in the air that coincides with falling temperatures. If you’re looking for ways to offset the drying effects of the cold weather and heated indoor air, we’ve got them.

A brief online search is all it takes to find basic strategies for beating the dry skin of winter. Take warm, not hot, showers (yeah, right), place a humidifier in every space you will occupy for the next several months. These are proven strategies, but they aren’t necessarily easy. Here are a few that might be.

Do Some Prep Work

Before we can move into the phase of getting glowing, gorgeous skin, we have to do some prep work. Fortunately, it’s easy. To prepare your skin means to clean the slate by literally removing the dead and damaged cells that are clogging up the surface. You can’t see these cells with the naked eye, but you may know they’re there by observing a dull complexion or noticing rough texture when you touch your skin. Exfoliation is the process of removing this uppermost layer of debris so that nourishing and hydrating products can get absorbed.

Patients of our Westport dermatology practice can thoroughly clean the slate of their skin by scheduling a gentle chemical peel with our experienced staff. Chemical peels can be tailored to achieve specific goals. In many cases, a peel will not incur any side effects whatsoever; so if you’ve got a busy schedule and no time for flaky skin, talk with our team about the mildest peel available.

Choose the Most Nourishing Ingredients

This strategy goes for ingredients you put on your skin and also the ingredients you put in your body.

During the driest times of the year, the skin needs adequate hydration from within. Consuming beverages like coffee and wine can be a total downer unless you’re extra careful to increase water consumption throughout the day significantly. Also, adding healthy fats such as olive oil and avocado oil into recipes supports internal hydration and glowing skin.

Hydration from the outside in can be maintained by choosing heavier creams and lotions and applying them frequently. This can be tricky when it comes to facial skin because you don’t want to look or feel greasy. For the face, the trick is to layer lighter products, such as a hydrating serum followed by moisturizer and topped with hyaluronic acid. Because hyaluronic acid binds to water and adheres to the epidermis, it is one of the best ingredients for holding moisture against the skin.

We are here to help you enjoy healthy, beautiful skin all winter long. Schedule your visit with us at (203) 226-3600.

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