5 Winter Skin Care Mistakes Everyone Makes and How To Avoid Them

winter skin careAre you guilty of of not taking proper care of your skin in the winter? I know I am, even being a “beauty blogger”. I’m no expert and no one is perfect, we all make mistakes. Life gets busy and sometimes we forget just how important caring for your skin really is. Not just in the winter, but all year round.

Elizabeth Rago would like to share with you in this Guest Post, 5 Winter Skin Care Mistakes Everyone Makes and How To Avoid Them. Take note ladies! I sure am. You can learn more about Elizabeth at the end of this post. Enjoy!

Every year people experience various degrees of dry skin. From mildly chapped to raw, red, and painfully cracking, the cold elements tear up the top layer of skin and most of the time, we watch it happen. Here are 5 winter skin care mistakes everyone is making and how to avoid them:

Winter Skin Care Sin #1 – Taking a hot shower to warm up

While this seems like a logical idea to get your core temperature up on frigid days, hanging about in the shower really sucks the moisture out of your epidermis. Mostly made up of skin cells called keratinocytes, the outer layer of skin uses these cells to retain moisture and produce a thin layer of oil. A hot shower proceeds to strip that layer. “The heat from the shower makes the skin’s oils soften, much as butter softens and melts when heated,” says Jonathan Atteberry of Discovery Health. “Add some soap into the mix, and the skin’s oil barrier will be stripped away in no time.”

Skin Absolution: “Take a tepid shower, and apply treatment products and moisturizers within 2 minutes of patting yourself dry,” says Annet King, Director of Global Education for Dermalogica.

Winter Skin Care Sin #2 – Not using a humidifier

Humidifiers should not be something you dust off and use only when you have a cold. Once the heat is turned on in your home, moisture is drawn from the air every time the unit ignites causing cracked and chapped lips and dry skin.

Skin Absolution: Mayo Clinic says moisture in the air eases skin and soothes the problems caused by dry indoor air. However, properly maintaining your humidifier or selecting a brand that is filter-less is just as important as introducing one to your home. “Humidifiers can actually make you sick if they aren’t maintained properly or if humidity levels stay too high. If you use humidifiers, be sure to monitor humidity levels and keep your humidifier clean. Dirty humidifiers can breed mold or bacteria.” – Mayo Clinic Staff blog

Winter Skin Care Sin #3 – Letting it all hang out

At some point your skin will be exposed to the elements but there are ways prevent the effects of dry skin. Cover up whenever you are outside. Short of suiting up in a full body armor of snow pants and long underwear, try tweaking your winter weather gear a bit and setting up a basket with multiple sets of gloves, scarves, and hats.

Skin Absolution: Try the mitten – “Of course, mittens always are warmer than gloves,” says Doug Gantenbein of Outside Magazine. “Any glove or mitten you choose will benefit from liners. I like silk because it adds so little bulk, but wool does the trick, too.”

Winter Skin Care Sin #4 – Forgetting to exfoliate

Don’t get obsessed with lathering up and forget to shed that pesky layer of dead skin that is keeping your complexion from being vibrant.

Skin Absolution: “Gentle exfoliation keeps the debris from accumulating,” King told Aesthetics Professional. “These (exfoliants) lift dead cell debris, gently resurface using only the mildest bit of mechanical action, and still leave the lipid barrier robust and intact.”

Winter Skin Care Sin #5 – Avoiding the dermatologist

We are all guilty of trying to troubleshoot our skin concerns, when most of the time we are exacerbating the situation.

Skin Absolution: ThriveMedSpa.com speaks of their Deep Cleansing Facial, which includes a thorough skin assessment and evaluation. “We will determine if your skin is Dry, Normal, or Oily and use the proper 100% organic products to address your skin type.” Next, an exfoliation method which can include a manual brush, exfoliating scrub, or enzyme treatment will be chosen, taking care of Winter Skin Care Sin #4 – Forgetting to exfoliate, at the same time.

These winter skin care mistakes can be avoided if you modify your approach to maintaining the skin in cold weather. Never wait until a condition is so irritated that you are experiencing extreme pain and discomfort. Commissioning a team of experts (a.k.a. knowledgeable skin care professionals like those at Thrive Med Spa in Chicago) before your skin is in dire need means the difference between being happily proactive and not caught up in a painfully reactive treatment.

Are you guilty of any of these 5 Winter Skin Care mistakes?


Elizabeth RagoAbout the author: Elizabeth Rago is a freelance writer specializing in health, wellness, and women’s lifestyle content, working with yoga studios, chiropractors, mental health, and wellness practitioners. Elizabeth writes the weekly column, The Circular Home for Chicago Shopping and is Senior Editor of All Things Girl, highlighting topics related to the modern domestic woman. Connect with Elizabeth on Twitter and Google+.


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