One of the most common complaints during the winter season is dry skin. As humidity drops, the dry air begins to pull moisture from the skin leaving it red, itchy, scaly and sometimes very uncomfortable. Combat "winter skin" this season with these simple tips from Renew.
What we want more than anything is to soothe and minimize the discomfort that dry skin causes. This can be achieved by using an appropriate high quality moisturizer that is rich in humectant and occlusive ingredients. Humectants help attract water from the dermis (the deeper layer of skin) to the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin). Look for ingredients such as sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, urea, sorbitol, and honey. Occlusive ingredients such as shea butter, olive oil, niacinamide, squalane, and plant oils will seal in the moisture. Be sure to moisturize after every shower and periodically as needed throughout the day. We recommend Avene Trixera Emollient Cream or Balm as an excellent body moisturizer. If you have dry or cracked hands and nails, our Avene Cold Cream Hand Cream will soothe and protect with its ultra creamy formula. We also offer a variety of facial moisturizers that contain humectant and occlusive ingredients. PCA Collagen Hydrator helps alleviate skin dryness while providing antioxidant benefits with shea butter, olive fruit oil, and sweet almond fruit extract. Another patient favorite is PCA Silkcoat Balm utilizing jojoba seed oil, vitamin E, and squalane. Adding our PCA Hydrating Serum to your home care, rich with sodium hyaluronate (a form of hyaluronic acid), panthenol, sodium PCA, niacinamide, and urea, can also help alleviate itchy, dry skin. Our master estheticians are able to recommend an appropriate moisturizer for your skin type.
Gentle skin exfoliation should continue year-round. Diminished water and lipid levels, which lead to dry skin, also disrupts the normal cycle of shedding dead skin cells. Sloughing off those dead skin cells will actually cause a burst of cell renewal so you are bringing new, moisture-rich cells to the surface. The key is to be gentle and to not over exfoliate. At home exfoliants/scrubs should be used no more than 2-3 times per week. We also offer chemical peels and Silkpeel microdermabrasion that can exfoliate, hydrate, and improve the condition and health of your skin.
It's important to take care of your skin during the winter months and not only for comfort. Remember that your skin is your body's protective barrier. Well-moisturized, healthy skin helps protect against infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi! So stick to the warm (not hot) showers, gently exfoliate, and moisturize your entire body!