It’s a time of year when even those of us who never needed moisturizer discover that the coming of winter is like a conspiracy of forces dedicated to drying our skin. The cooler air holds less humidity, and the indoor environments in which we spend more time include heating techniques that can put dry air in motion over the surface of the skin. If you set out to invent a series of challenges to our skin’s need for moisture, you could hardly do better than winter, even here in Atlanta.

The good news is that a few precautions and protections can minimize the damage of winter to your skin. The rest of the good news is that, if your skin should need more help, we have expert techniques for that, including a treatment that can give your skin a kind of fresh start in only about a half hour.

First Some Sensible Precautions

Keeping your shower or bath no longer or hotter than it has to be is one basic prevention idea for dry winter skin. A five-minute shower that is warm, not hot, helps keep your skin’s natural moisture where it needs to be. Patting gently to dry, rather than rubbing, is the next helpful step, and keep that bathroom door closed to hold in the moisturizing steam.

Moisturizing your skin – morning, lunchtime, evening, and bedtime – is a practice to cultivate, especially in wintertime. For the hands, feet, and hardworking exposed areas, consider a cream containing Carmol or uric acid for extra protection.

And don’t forget that good skin hydration begins within. Drinking enough water is harder to remember in the winter when thirst is less likely to remind us. Seven or eight, eight-ounce glasses of water a day is the goal. Friends find that carbonated or flavored, zero-calorie waters make meeting this goal more interesting and easier to achieve.

Why Professional Advice is Important

Even for dry skin, a talk with a board-certified dermatologist is in order, because dry skin can be the result of some skin diseases – and the cause of others. Such conditions as contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema often show up as dry or slightly scaly skin before other symptoms appear.

Another reason to tall with a professional is that, even if seasonal skin dryness is the only concern, your dermatologist has answers that are advantageous. One that we have mentioned previously is just as worthwhile to consider for winter dryness as it was for summer’s sun damage.

30 Minutes to a Fresh Start

With HydraFacial, you uncover a fresh layer of skin with gentle exfoliation and resurfacing. A painless suction gently removes debris from pores and then nourishes skin with intense moisturizers. A super serum containing antioxidants and peptides is applied to impart a lasting glow.

That’s how it works, but what does it work on? Pretty much whatever you’ve got that you’re not fond of. HydraFacial smooths fine lines and wrinkles, restores elasticity and firmness, leaves your skin with an even tone and texture, reduces brown spots, freshens and opens oily and congested skin, and shows enlarged pores how to quiet down and get along. With literally millions of treatments each year, the worldwide experience and satisfaction with HydraFacial is another reason most people can consider it confidently.

Give us a call and let us be your guide to a winter that doesn’t leave its mark on your skin. Together we can chart a course to making the winter months a time when your skin can be reborn.