Summer is gone, fall is here and winter will arrive in New England soon after.
And with the change in seasons, you should think about changing your skin care routine – as cold and dry air that comes this time of year can lead to dry skin.
At Rhode Island’s SeaMist MedSpa in South Kingstown, we can help you maintain a winter skin care program and provide treatments to combat dry skin. Contact SeaMist today to learn more, or to set up an appointment.
The American Academy of Dermatology warns that following the same skin care routine all year could harm your skin when humidity decreases and cold air sets in.
Wind and cold, dry air can lead to facial wrinkles and fine lines. Dry skin can cause uncomfortable physical problems – itching, cracking and flaking. In some more serious cases, dry skin can cause bleeding.
To help combat dry skin during the autumn and winter, the academy recommends some steps you can take:
- If you suffer from dry skin, close the bathroom door when you shower or bathe, and limit your time to five or 10 minutes. Warm water is less detrimental than hot, as hot water can dry out your skin. Use a mild cleanser that is fragrance-free. Use enough cleanser to remove oil and dirt, but don’t use so much that it causes a thick lather to appear. Don’t rub, but blot skin with a towel as a gentler method for drying, then apply moisturizer right away.
- Use moisturizer when you are done washing. Creams, ointments and lotions trap moisture inside skin. To ensure the trap works, apply moisturizer soon after you dry off from your shower or bath!
- Washing face or hands: Apply creams or ointments instead of lotions. These are more effective on dry skin and won’t irritate skin as much as lotion. Use creams and ointments containing olive oil or jojoba oil. Shea butter also works well. Look for creams containing lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, lanolin and mineral oil, as these are best at fighting dry skin. Use a non-greasy hand cream after washing your hands – keeping a small bottle in your purse or bag is recommended for easy access.
- The balm: Select lip balm that feels hydrating to your lips. Some balm products can irritate your lips, so avoid products that tingle or sting after application.
- Only apply gentle and fragrance-free skin care products. Scented products can be too harsh and irritate sensitive, dry skin. Avoid deodorant soaps or products with retinoids, fragrance, alcohol or alpha-hydroxy acid, which is known as AHA.
- Wear gloves: Hands can be the first place where dry skin is noticed – by you and others. Wear gloves if you go outside in cold weather.
- Pick detergents and fabrics that won’t irritate your skin. If skin is raw and dry, clothes and certain laundry products can worsen the condition. Consider wearing silk or cotton underneath clothes made of wool or any rough material. Choose laundry detergents labeled hypoallergenic.
- Stay warm, but avoid sitting too close to the fireplace and other heat sources. Sitting near an open flame can make dry out your skin.
- Use a humidifier if you have one to add moisture to the air.
If you want healthy skin this fall and winter, contact SeaMist today!