During the colder weather and being in places with central heating, our skin becomes more dry and often more sensitive.

Make sure you keep hydrated during the day by drinking enough water and adding a hyaluronic acid serum to your skincare routine. 

Gentle cleansing is must. If your skin feels tight after cleansing, it’s likely that the cleanser you are using has disrupted your skin barrier. Your should feel calm and hydrated after cleansing. So, if you are reaching immediately for your moisturizer, you may want to consider a gentle cleanser. Be sure to use creams and serums containing Vitamin C. Vitamin C will keep your skin glowing during the colder months. It brightens, strengthens, and stimulates collagen production which helps the skin retain it’s moisture better and helps protect it from external aggressors. 

When choosing a moisturizer, pay attention to texture. Fluids and emulsions are not suitable for winter and lightweight moisturizers are ideal for most skin types in summer. Switching to creams will help your skin because the dense texture will seal the moisture inside and act as a winter coat for the skin. Always make sure you’re applying SPF and be sure to use SPF products even in cloudy weather. It’s important that SPF is a part of your skin care during winter because UV rays are still active during this time of the year. 

Lip care is especially important in the winter. Get rid of those bad habits such as biting and licking your lips. Normalize your diet and be sure to take extra care at home as well. Sometimes the lips dry out because of poor quality of chapstick, so be sure to get a trusted and truthful lip balm to use during the winter. Buy lip balm that contains antioxidants-vitamins A, E, C, and natural ingredients. Such a remedy will help to avoid drying of the the lips because of wind and low temperatures in the winter. The use of a lip scrub will also help moisturize the lips, improve blood circulation, and remove dead skin cells. Be sure to do this at least once a week and you will notice the effect almost immediately. You can buy a lip scrub or make one yourself! Mix honey ( 1 tbsp ) , sugar (1 tsp ) , and add a few drops of olive oil. Apply to the skin of the lips and massage. The sugar will dissolve on the lips leaving them soft and plump. The scrub residue can be removed with a lint-free napkin. 

Don’t forget about your hands too! Wear gloves every time you go outside during the winter. Use rubber gloves when doing house work. Use a hydrating and soft lotion on your hands and legs every day in general and before going out into the cold. Don’t forget to exfoliate your hands. Lowering the temperature of your shower or bath will help get rid of dry hands. Try adding humidity to your home. 

Book a facial. Winter skin is often dull. It’s recommended a professional facial about every four weeks. But during the winter, you may book sooner to make sure your skin barrier is always in tact. Regular facials will help to keep your skin clean, clear, and hydrated while maximizing your everyday skin care regime too. Consider getting a professional skin treatment. Winter is a great time of the year for skin treatments like peels and laser treatment. In the summer months because of the sun exposure, getting one of these treatment does put you at a higher risk of unwanted post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Fall and winter therefore represents an opportunity. 

Margarita Zorinka is a master esthetician at Alya Salon and Spa in Vienna. She received her training at NOVA Laser and Esthetics Training and Spectrum Beauty Academy. She can be reached at 703-281-2592.

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