Let’s face it: winter can be really hard on your skin. As the temperature drops and freezing winds become stronger, your skin barrier loses a lot of its natural lipids and ceramides that help keep you moisturized. This can cause dry skin and even lead to an increase in fine lines and wrinkles – which no one wants. That is why it’s very important in the colder months to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.
But where do you start? Do you change your whole skincare routine or just the moisturizer? And speaking of moisturizers, what ones should you use? Determining what products to use and when can be a daunting task if you don’t have professional advice. So to help you – and us – we spoke with Cathleen Olson, owner of Edina Skin Care, to get the inside scoop on all things winter skin.
What happens to our skin as the weather gets colder?
When the humidity drops, skin can become very dry. As we age the skin thins and produces less of the oils needed for it to retain moisture. When the skin is dry, lines and wrinkles are more noticeable which is usually harmless. When not cared for, dry skin may lead to Atopic Dermatitis (eczema) or even Infections. Dry, itchy skin can flake, crack, and even bleed if the barrier is compromised.
Should I change my skincare routine during the winter?
You should change your skin care regimen in the winter. Apply moisturizer immediately after washing. Use an ointment or cream instead of a lotion to trap moisture in the skin. Plug in your humidifier. Apply lip balm frequently throughout the day. Drink non-caffeinated beverages to help keep body tissues, including your skin, well hydrated. Keep bath and shower time to 10 minutes or less in warm, not hot water.
What products should I use to stay moisturized?
Look for a moisturizer with hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin and ceramides. Use gentle, non-fragranced products.
Should I still apply my daily layer of sunscreen?
Absolutely. Not only will it protect your skin from free radical damage but it will lock in your moisturizer. I suggest using a physical block rather than a chemical. Less irritating to the skin.
Are there any treatments I should get this winter?
Yes, the proper treatments will add much-needed moisture to the skin. We do Hydrafacial and Diamond Glow, which are customer favorites as well as a Restorative Facial to add moisture and soothe the skin.
How do I prevent chapped lips?
Apply a lip balm several times a day and overnight. We have a nice selection of lip products to help keep them nice and moisturized.
How often should I exfoliate?
I wouldn’t recommend any harsh exfoliators. I love using an enzyme to exfoliate [from time to time.] It’s very gentle and does a great job.
To learn more about Edina Skin Care, visit edinaskincare.com.
7450 France Ave Suite 230 | 952-920-5521