Bleak Midwinter? Not for Your Skin!
When the temperature drops, skin pays a price.
The combination of cooler weather and lack of moisture in the air can cause chapping, cracking, and irritation. Winter wind and sun can cause unexpected sunburns and exacerbate skin conditions such as eczema.
With all these consequences in mind, here are a few proactive steps we can take to protect our skin from all that harsh cold weather:
- Moisturize every day. Apply moisturizer right after your bath or shower for optimal absorption and to replace and replenish water and oils lost while bathing. Even though a steaming shower may sound perfect, use lukewarm water to avoid the drying effects of hot water. Make sure to use a facial moisturizer, such as Skinfuse® RECLAIM Hydrating Support, as well. RECLAIM helps maintain the skin’s natural barrier and encourages increased retention of moisture with nutrients like magnesium, copper peptides, and vitamins A, E, B3, and B5.
- Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Though it may not seem like it, the sun’s UV rays remain damaging in the winter months too. Snow reflects UV rays, so be sure to wear sunscreen always to prevent sunburns whether you’re skiing or just walking in a winter wonderland. Skinfuse SHIELD Zinc Oxide 21% is an effective sunblock that protects skin after microneedling to help you maintain your results. Be sure to use a lip block or lipstick with SPF to keep your lips safe. Also, as tempting as a tanning bed may seem, just say no. If you are looking for a natural, healthy way to add color to your skin, invest in a luxurious self-tanner, such as Vita Liberata.
- Wear gloves. If cold hands don’t bother you enough to keep a pair of mittens with you, here are a few other reasons to keep your hands covered. Your hands get chapped in the winter because they lose moisture easily. Lower humidity and colder temps can trigger such conditions such as eczema. Gloves also keep your nails — which are more brittle in the winter — as well as your cuticles from cracking and splitting.
- Treat yourself to microneedling. Microneedling is a non-invasive procedure to help you step out with confidence in any weather. And SkinPen® by Bellus Medical is the first microneedling device cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.1 When used with a post-microneedling protocol like Skinfuse, several SkinPen treatments may help take the “bleak” out of your midwinter. Find a provider near you today.
1 See intended use, important safety information, and clinical trial details (data on file) at skinpen.com.