This time of year can leave your skin feeling unusually dry. With colder temps and indoor heating, skin can lose moisture and begin to feel unhealthy. A few suggestions that will help keep skin feeling healthy and radiant:
1. Revisit your home skin care routine: What you use during the summer and fall months might not be appropriate for winter. At Alston face & body we do offer a complimentary skin care consultation to evaluate your skin and your home-care approach. Book online or call the spa!
2. Moisturize! Sounds simple, but you may not be using the right product and/or may need to moisturize more frequently. Unless you have acne, you should consider an oil-based, rather than a water-based product. Remember your hands need it, too! Pat skin dry (rather than "rub it" with towel) and apply moisturizer immediately to lock in water
3. Exfoliate - but properly! Dead skin build-up may be preventing your moisturizer from penetrating your skin properly. A gentle enzyme or scrub once a week can help reduce any build-up. Don't over use any exfoliant (scrub, rotating brush cleanser) to the point of irritation. Less is usually more!
4. Run a humidifier in the house - not just when you're stuffed up, but anytime you run the heater or feel dry.
5. Drink your water! Isn't that a constant battle? Not just for your skin, but for your overall health.
6. Don't over peel or process your skin. If skin feels dry or irritated, focus on treatments and products that are more nourishing. If you continue to apply exfoliating products (glycolic, lactic, salicylic acids, retinols, etc.) when your skin is irritated, you could over stimulate skin and even sensitize skin to those great ingredients. We offer nourishing enzymes and masks that are inexpensive and great for home treatments.