Winter weather can be rough on our skin—the snow, the sun and the dry air all take a toll. The cold may put our summer glow into hibernation, but there are ways to fight back. Let your skin glow and look hydrated and healthy with five steps to help counteract the effects of harsh winter weather.

Wash with warm water: While it is tempting to turn on a steaming hot shower during the winter, try using lukewarm water instead. Hot water strips away your natural oils which can lead to dry, dull-looking skin.

Exfoliate regularly: Dry patches are inevitable after your skin is exposed to the cold. Moisturizer or any other product you use will not sink into the skin properly if the dead cells are still there. Exfoliate regularly during your shower to remove any excess dead skin to reveal smoother skin.

Moisturize with the right ingredients: Not all moisturizers are the same. In fact, some common moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can actually dry out your skin instead of moisturize it more. Choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients like a moisturizer that is oil-based rather than water-based.

Humidify to bring back lost moisture: Heating systems quickly dry out the air in your home. Using a humidifier will help put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out more in the colder months.

Drink more water: Water is often overlooked in the winter time for hot drinks like coffee and tea. However, the easiest way to get glowy skin is to drink water – and A LOT of it! Eight 8oz glasses is the recommended amount of water an adult should consume each day. Reach for a glass of water next time in between those hot cups of joe.

Take extra care of your skin during the winter months. Untreated excessive dry skin, may eventually form hard areas like calluses, or crack and open into unsightly wounds that increase your risk of infection. Looking to give your skin a boost this winter? Reveal new glowing skin with a SilkPeel™ to exfoliate dead skin cells and infuse the skin with hydration-boosters to stimulate new cell growth. Call (202)-822-9591 to schedule a consultation today!

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