Ask the Esthetician

By Tanya Andrews, Esthetics Team Leader at Faces DaySpa – Hilton Head Island!

Q: My skin is normally dry, but it seems like every winter my skin gets so dry that it hurts and sometimes itches. I have tried all kinds of things, even Vaseline at night, and I still have terribly dry skin. What are some things that you would suggest for me during the winter months?

A: It is completely normal for your skin to become drier in the winter. The dry air sucks moisture right out of your skin.

There are a few things you can try at home that I would recommend. First of all, do not use any type of petroleum jelly on your skin. Petroleum jelly will help to lock moisture into your skin but, if you do not already have moisture in your skin, it will only make the dry skin worse. I would also make sure you are taking lukewarm showers or baths lasting no longer than 5-10 minutes.

Another great thing you can do is add a humidifier in your home. When there is moisture in the air, your skin will not be robbed of precious moisture. This is also helpful during the summer months when the air conditioning is running because it too will cause the air in your home to become dry.

You could also add some things to your diet to help your skin from the inside. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water will ensure you are getting enough water in your body.

You could also try adding more fish to your diet. If you do not like fish, try fish oil capsules to get the benefits of the fatty acids and omegas that fish contain.

As far as products, look for a cream instead of a lotion. Creams contain oils your skin is lacking, while lotions only contain water. Plus, stay away from cleansers that contain sulfates. Sulfates are detergents that cause the foaming action in most cleansers; they are very harsh and can strip and dry the skin out even more. Don’t be afraid to exfoliate; this keeps dead skin cells from collecting on the skin’s surface and can keep your products from penetrating.

Here are some of my favorite products for those who suffer from severely dry skin: Moisture Protecting Cleansing Lotion, Visibly Moist Toner, The Ultimate Scrub, Continuous Moisture me, Nutriment Blue Oil and Moisture Infusion Masque. All of these products work together to create dramatic results, but alone are still very effective. These products are available at facesbeautyboutique.com.

Uncover a new, more radiant you this winter with a visit to Faces DaySpa in The Village at Wexford. This award-winning spa offers a full menu of treatments from Fabulous Facials and a complete Anti-Aging Arsenal to Magnificent Massages and Bodacious Body Treatments, as well as trendy cosmetics, Faces SignatureSkincare Systems, special gifts and much more. (843) 785-3075 or facesdayspa.com.

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