Winter Skin Rescue
by Lisa Kasmen, salon owner
Outside temps have dipped, inside we’ve turned up the heat and the result is very dry air. The largest organ of our body is under siege. No wonder we are itching and scratching as if we have a bad case of poison ivy! With less humidity in the air, the water in the skin evaporates quickly, leaving it feeling dry and tight with a dull, flaky look.
Here are some things you can do at home to solve your winter skin problems. For more intense treatments, treat yourself to some spa time at Heaven & Earth Salon!
1. Switch your facial and skin regime in colder months
You don’t wear shorts this time of year, do you? Most people need a totally different plan of attack from one season to the next. This is why I highly recommend getting at least 2-4 facials a year to assess your skin’s needs seasonly. If that’s not in your plan or budget, most salons have estheticians who are willing to sit down with you and talk to you. Our go-to line is HydroPeptide skin care!
2. Reduce your shower time
Yes, a hot shower feels good! The temptation to stay under a toasty, hot spray is enticing, but limit your shower time to 5 minutes, 10 at the most. Hot water strips away natural oils and damages the skin faster, so a lukewarm, shorter shower is best. Pat , don’t rub, your skin dry.
3. Nourish your skin
After your short shower, immediately follow with an all over body moisturizer. Ingredients to look for in your moisturizer include ceramides, essential fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, avocado oil and jojoba. Stay away from products containing alcohol, heavy perfumes or dyes. Hempz and Naples Soap Company have some great natural scents to please all olfactory palates.
Don’t forget to exfoliate at least 2-3 times a week. You need to get rid of the dead skin cells to help your products work more effectively. Schedule yourself a day at the spa for a total body exfoliation. If you are going the DIY route we love Bioelements Pumice Peel for face and Burt’s Bees Pomegranate and Cranberry or Soap and Glory Flake Away for the body.
5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Hydrate from the inside out by drinking lots of water. Infuse it with lemon, berries, cucumbers, ginger or even mint. Try drinking epidermis-conscious teas such as Yogi Skin DeTox or Healthy Skin or Republic of Tea get gorgeous.
6. Eat It
Enjoy foods rich in anti-oxidants and omega-3 such as salmon, crab, lobster, oysters, nuts, avocado and citrus fruits.
7. Don’t neglect your hands and nails
When cuticles are dry and snagging on sweaters the temptation to pick is there. A little night-time care can help keep that at bay. Always wear gloves for dishes and out in the elements. Warm some oil in the microwave and massage into your cuticles. Keep Aquaphor on your nightstand massage into your cuticles and onto your lips at bedtime.