The Cure for Dry, Winter SkinJanuary 7, 2014
The combination of whipping winds outside and dry heat inside is enough to wreak havoc on even the healthiest skin. Without summer’s sun-kissed tan, you may be feeling the winter blues. The last thing you need is dry, cracked and pale skin, am I right? Luckily, we have the secret to silky smooth skin all year long! Seriously.
Prevent Dry Skin This Winter
First, and most importantly, stop punishing your skin with hard water. There’s a reason spas and salons use soft water. It’s better for you! Hard water mineral deposits mix with your soap and body wash to produce a scummy residue. Have you noticed that milky film on your glasses after being washed in hard water? That same film coats your skin, clogging your pores and causing that squeaky sound most people incorrectly associate with cleanliness. Clogged pores stop the distribution of your body’s natural oils, causing your skin to dry and crack. You can put an end to the madness by opting for soft water in your home. Your skin (and hair!) will thank you.
The next step is trapping all of that moisture in. An easy way to do that is with a great lotion. Go for a dermatologist approved, scent-free lotion for optimum moisture. (Added scents and perfumes can irritate dry skin.) A great time to apply lotion is right after you shower. When your skin is still damp, lotion up! This will seal all of that moisture in with a layer of additional (you guessed it) moisture! Our recommendation? Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion. For less than $10 you can soothe even the driest winter skin.
For healthy skin that doesn’t need to be slathered in lotion 3-4 times a day, focus on your health. That means drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day and getting plenty of sleep. Because you aren’t sweating, people tend to drink far less water in the winter than they do in the summer. This is bad news for your skin, your metabolism and your concentration. Challenge yourself to drink 10 or more glasses of water a day this winter. You will see the results in your brighter, smoother and more elastic skin.
Protect your skin this winter. When you aren’t bundled in scarves, hats and jackets, treat yourself to a little revitalization. Soothing, soft water, a restoring lotion and healthy water intake can smooth cracks and put that summer glow back in your skin. For soft water solutions or the purest drinking water available, call or visit us today at Kinetico San Antonio!