Ah winter. This has been a tough one. But hope springs eternal, literally, and as the temperatures begin to climb and the daylight hours extend, your boots, balaclavas and bulky knits give way to sandals, sun-dresses and shorts.
Winter is a time of stress for your skin. The low humidity and hot air heating wreak havoc on the undernourished skin on your face and body. Your toes and heels suffer in boots; your knees and elbows are covered in tights and sweaters; your hands become flaky, dry and dull; your face is blasted with winter’s wind.
Read on for a few tips to get your sweet self ready for summer-soft skin.
- Moisturize those toes et al.
One of the best and least expensive moisturizers you can use is petroleum jelly (Vaseline), particularly on the roughest areas of your skin, such as heels, elbows, and knees. Slather your feet in petroleum jelly and put on a pair of white cotton socks before bed. You will be amazed at how this simple treatment can dramatically change the way your feet look and feel, overnight. This works equally well for hands – slather and then don a pair of white cotton gloves.
- Take care of unwanted hair…but exfoliate first.
If you paid little or no attention to your body hair during the winter, you may face a major de-furring once spring arrives. But before you schedule any hair-removal treatments, gently exfoliate your skin with a mild, full-body scrub that contains a natural ingredient, like brown sugar, several days before your hair-removal treatment. This removes dead skin cells and makes the hair removal process safer and easier. Tip: There are many inexpensive DIY body scrub recipes on the web.
- Face it!
A routine of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing twice daily, and adding a mask once a week are the simplest and easiest ways to ease your facial skin into spring. But just as exfoliation is key to achieving a smooth body, exfoliation can do wonders for your face. Stay away from exfoliators that contain walnut shells or apricot pits, which can cause microscopic tears in your skin and make winter skin look and feel worse. Even a brown sugar scrub can be too harsh for some facial skin. Instead, use a cleanser and moisturizer that contain an alpha-hydroxy or beta-hydroxy acid. This is a much safer way to rid your skin of dull, dead cells.
If you would like to learn more about taking care of your winter-weary skin and the many treatments we offer, call to schedule an appointment, today: 203.226.3600.