Keeping Your Skin Beautiful This Winter

Even in an unprecedented year like 2020, there are a lot of things to love about winter — curling up with a mug of tea or cocoa and your favorite movie, fresh snow, and the beauty of twinkling holiday lights. One thing no one loves this time of year? Dry skin.

Dry Air = Dry Skin

As the temperatures drop, it can wreak havoc on your skin, causing it to get dry, flaky, or even crack. One of the leading culprits of dry winter skin is drier air in your home. It is natural to want to crank the heat in your home, but the increase in temperature sucks hydration from your skin.

Use Humidifiers Throughout Your Home

Investing in a humidifier will help add moisture back into the air and help your home seem warmer. It is recommended to use a humidifier in your main rooms — bedroom, living room, and if you are working from home, your office space.

To complement using a humidifier, it is recommended to keep your home at a comfortable setting between 68°F to 72°F to ensure you feel warm without drying out your skin.

Moisturize!

Moisturizing is essential throughout every season! It’s easy to think that our skin is more protected because we wear more clothing in the winter. While our exposure to harmful UV rays decreases in the winter, the need for proper moisturizing goes up. Additionally, many people aren’t using the right moisturizers for the winter months — the products you love during the summer may not have the hydration benefits you need to keep your skin happy during the winter.

It is recommended you switch to a rich body lotion or cream to help trap existing moisture in your skin. The best time to moisturize is right after you wash your hands or get out of the shower, as this helps your skin retain more moisture.

Stay Hydrated

Keeping your skin properly moisturized not only means moisturizing with lotions and creams — it means staying hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is important to your overall health but is essential for your skin during the winter months when we tend to lose more moisture. If you want to get warm and cozy and get hydrated, a warm mug of tea is the perfect remedy!

Exfoliate

For lotion to fully penetrate your skin, it is recommended you lightly exfoliate to remove dead skin. However, if your skin is dehydrated and cracked, it is best to skip exfoliation and focus more on helping your skin heal and retain moisture.

Avoid Hot Showers

After being out in the cold or having a long day, a hot shower can be incredibly relaxing — but your time washing away the day may be causing your skin to dry out even more. This is because the hot water strips your skin of its natural moisture. To avoid irritating your skin, opt for a lukewarm shower, moisturize with your favorite lotion, and then get cozy under a blanket and warm pajamas. This will help your skin better retain much-needed moisture!

Maintain a Healthy Diet

As the holidays come and go, our homes are often filled with tempting sweets and treats. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying some extra desserts every once in a while, maintaining a healthy diet benefits your skin. Increasing your daily intake of healthy fats found in foods such as olive oil, walnuts, and avocados may help dry skin.

Dress for the Weather

Whether you live in Midlothian or the frozen tundra of New England, it’s important to dress for the weather. By wearing clothes and gear that protects your skin from the elements, it ensures your skin retains moisture. If you are inclined to bundle up in materials that may irritate your skin (like wool), you must wear a breathable shirt underneath. Alternatively, you can swap out itchy wool for a fleece or cashmere sweater.

Treat Yourself To A Spa Day

While the majority of recommendations in this article are for at-home care, a spa day can help you feel pampered — and also give you an idea of what types of products to use to restore health and radiance to your skin. At Club West Med Spa, our team is committed to helping our clients live beautifully. We will work with you to determine which skincare products best fit your lifestyle and skincare routine.

To schedule your next facial or body treatment, please contact us at 804-897-5297.

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How To Treat Crepey Skin & Restore Complexion

As we age, our skin changes, losing elasticity and plumpness. This leads to it becoming more fragile and thinner, taking on a crepey, paper-like appearance. While many people develop crepey skin, there are several ways to restore your skin’s support and texture!

Here at Club West Med Spa, we are committed to helping you look and feel your best. We offer a range of treatments to restore your skin, complexion, and youthful appearance.

What causes crepey skin?

Like many other skin conditions, the most common cause of crepey skin is sun damage, as ultraviolet light breaks down collagen and elastin in our skin. Both collagen and elastin help your skin stay wrinkle-free and tight. When these fibers break down, it can cause your skin to be thin, loosen, and wrinkle.

Another contributing factor to crepey skin is age and genetics. As we age, our skin produces less natural oils, which help protect our skin and seal in moisture. Individuals with fairer skin are even more susceptible to sun damage, which creates more of a risk for crepey skin.

Where does crepey skin normally appear?

Typically, crepey skin will appear on the legs, inner upper arms, décolletage, and around the eyes. It is common to develop crepey skin in our 40s, but for some individuals, it can develop as early as their 20s, depending on genetic factors, environmental factors, skin type, and more.

How is crepey skin different from wrinkles?

Unlike folds and wrinkles, crepey skin normally covers a larger area and is not caused by repetitive moves (think laugh or frown lines). While fine lines and creases typically characterize wrinkles, crepey skin generally is more about skin’s fragile texture.

How can I prevent crepey skin?

Keep your skin moisturized. Products with hyaluronic acid are designed to pull in and retain moisture in your skin, which can help restore plumpness and a full appearance. The best time to moisturize is right after bathing, as this helps lock in moisture!

Sunscreen is your friend! Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most important factors for preventing crepey skin. It is recommended to wear sunscreen and wear protective clothing to reduce your exposure to harmful UV rays.

Exfoliate your skin. Once or twice a week, use an exfoliating cleanser or loofah to help dissolve dead skin cells and reduce fine lines’ appearance. If you have sensitive skin, make sure to use products designed to care for sensitive skin.

Eat antioxidant-rich food. Antioxidants help to protect your skin from the effects of free radicals. Free radicals contribute to the appearance of crepey skin by breaking down collagen. Food rich in antioxidants include nuts, dark leafy vegetables, red and blue berries, beans, whole grains, and orange vegetables.

Using skincare products infused with antioxidant-rich ingredients can help restore a plump and firm appearance.

Club West Med Spa is based in Midlothian, VA, and offers relaxing spa day experiences and personalized medical spa services. For more information about our services and how can help improve your skin, please reach out to us at 804-897-5297.