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We take skin care very seriously. And we don’t mean just the skin on your face! Here’s what you need to know about caring for your skin, including the two most important winter skin care tips.

Winter Damage

During the winter, the cold air outside and the heated air inside depletes your skin’s natural moisture. Hot showers, roaring fires, biting winds, and fragrant soaps can take a toll as well.  This can lead to dry, cracked skin that’s red, irritated or even painful.

Two Key Tips

In order to remain healthy all year long, your skin needs moisture to stay supple and oil to help retain the moisture. Also, exfoliation is necessary to remove dead surface cells.

Lotion or Oil?

Both! Almost all of us have dehydrated skin caused by environmental conditions and not drinking enough water. Add in winter skin damage and we need all the help we can get!

Apply a lotion or cream while your skin is slightly damp from the bath or shower. Then apply a layer of body oil to hold in the moisture and prevent evaporation.

Even if you don’t shower everyday it is still advisable to apply a lotion or moisturizing cream, and during the winter, oil a minimum of once per day. Very dry skin will benefit from both a morning and evening application.

Note: it’s recommended that you change up your moisturizing habits with a new season. For example, use a heavier cream followed by oil during the winter and a lighter lotion in the warmer months. 

How to Exfoliate

Exfoliation can be done many different ways, and everyone should include this healthy habit in their daily routine. Dry brushing before showering removes dead skin cells, stimulates circulation and moves lymphatic fluid.

Other ways to exfoliate include loofahs, textured cloths and granular scrubs. All methods are effective so it really comes down to personal preference as to which one to choose. Exfoliation should be done each time you take a shower or bath. 

Bonus Benefits of Winter Skin Care

By taking good care of your skin you can ensure it will look and feel better! Additionally, people who receive waxing or sugaring hair removal services may feel more discomfort during the winter due to dry skin. However, my sugar wax clients who exfoliate and moisturize on a regular basis don’t have this issue; the hair just slides right out!

Next time you visit Sugar Spa, ask us which options would be best for your individual skin care needs and home care regimen. We offer a variety of manual exfoliators and granular scrubs for purchase in the spa.

We look forward to taking care of you and your skin!

For more winter skin care tips, check out Top 10 Tips for Healthy Winter Skin from everydayhealth.com.