Whether you live in Colorado year-round or are just passing through our great state, the dry climate is one of the first things you’ll notice. The lack of humidity, dry air, and harsh winter winds can wreak havoc on your face, skin, and hair.
The best skin care regimen is tailored to your particular skin type, so it’s imperative that you consult with a skin care specialist in order to establish the routine that will be most effective for you. However, in our arid environment, there are certain universal guidelines that you should always keep in mind. Listed below are a few tips for caring for your skin in the harsh Colorado climate.
Dead cells can build up on the skin’s surface, leaving it dry, lackluster, and flaky. Gentle exfoliation helps clear out that layer of dead skin cells and boosts blood circulation, which leads to renewed, glowing skin. We recommend gently exfoliating 1-3 times per week. Any more than that, and you risk stripping your skin of its natural oils, which will irritate it. We offer several gentle exfoliants, from powders to masks, that work to remove dead skin cells and impurities.
During the winter, we recommend adjusting your skin care regimen to include a gentle, soap-free cleanser (one that does not leave your skin feeling tight afterward), followed by a rich moisturizer.
Apply a rich moisturizer morning and night after cleansing, and reapply throughout the day as needed. You can even apply a light serum over your makeup! We often recommend cream cleansers to our clients with dry and sensitive skin, as they are super gentle and nourishing.
To keep your legs, arms, neck, and torso soft and smooth, try using a body oil after showering. While your skin is still damp, rub a quarter-size amount of oil between your hands and over dry skin. Gently towel off, or let it air-dry.
Living in a high altitude state that receives 300+ days of sunshine each year means daily use of sunscreen is non-negotiable. We love this one, which protects you from UVA and UVB rays with SPF 40, all while giving you nice, light coverage.
The best way to hydrate skin is from within. During the winter months (or whenever you notice excessive dryness), we recommend drinking at least a quart of water a day. Caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco all dehydrate the skin, so although you don’t have to kick your coffee habit to the curb for good, you should compensate for it by drinking a few extra glasses of water. You can also use a humidifier while you sleep to replenish your skin’s moisture.
Leah Nickie ADVANCED AESTHETICS offers a full lineup of products designed specifically for dry and dehydrated skin. Schedule your consultation today, and let our team create a customized skin care plan that will help your skin look naturally beautiful, no matter the climate.
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