Esthetician’s Guide: Dry Skin

Colder weather = cozy sweaters, hallmark channel, and long, romantic walks down the pharmacy aisles looking for the best moisturizer to care for your dry skin. Before the change of climate starts to wear on us, let’s go over how we can combat dry skin, because that glow you’ve got going…well, nothing should take that away.

…it’s not just about lathering on the moisturizer as we’re often told from other sources. There are many other things you can do to preserve your skin’s health during the fall and winter months. 

We’re not messing around. We went straight to the source and sought out an expert esthetician at Facial Aesthetics, an elite medical spa that also happens to be Denver’s longest standing medical spa of over 27 years. These guys know skin…too.

We met with Mollie – she’s been in the aesthetics industry for over 10 years and has treated patients with all different needs and goals. She told us it’s not just about lathering on the moisturizer as we’re often told from other sources. There are many other things you can do to preserve your skin’s health during the fall and winter months. 

 

Find A Gentle Cleanser
If you are currently struggling with dry skin, it’s best to find a cleanser that will be gentle on your skin. You want to avoid cleansers with ingredients that may rob the skin of natural oil production. Look for products with calming ingredients, such a sea kelp.

 

Exfoliate
“You might be leery about exfoliating with dry skin, but chances are that it’s even more important for you to remove dead skin from the epidermis,” Mollie says. While certain scrubs may be too harsh this time of year, a gentle soft exfoliating mask is the perfect solution. “You don’t want anything that is going to be too rough or harden on your skin”.

 

Hydrate
Drink water. In fact, go take a sip of water now before you forget. Dry skin can often be a symptom of dehydration, but it’s important to understand that the two aren’t the same. Dry skin lacks the production of oil in the skin and needs to be moisturized. Dehydrated skin lacks water and needs you to drink more water. (And no that cold-brew coffee from Starbucks doesn’t count)

 

Invest In Anti-Aging Products
Dry skin is actually more susceptible to aging, so it’s even more important to invest in the right products to prevent signs of aging. This also means sticking to a set skin care routine that is specifically designed for Dry Skin Types.

 

Spot Treat
Certain areas of your face and body are likely to be drier than others. If you’re dealing with chapped lips and dry skin around the mouth or nose, it’s perfectly ok to spot treat with Aquaphor.

 

Switch Up Your Moisturizer
You need to change up your moisturizer during certain times of the year or if you have frequently dry skin. Certain climates or skin types call for different moisturizers. Like we’ve said before, you’ve probably been to apply moisturizer, but have you been told what ingredients to look for? Mollie states, “When it comes to dry skin it’s important to find a moisturizer that has specific ingredients meant to hydrate the skin. Look for products with ingredients like peptides or hyaluronic acid.”

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