Wintertime, with its frigid temperatures, has a less than stellar reputation when it comes to its effects on the skin. This season’s cold air causes the skin to dry out and become susceptible to irritations, like blisters and rashes. And for those already dealing with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, ’tis the season for flare-ups.
Of course, the common-sense solution to alleviate these unwanted problems is to slather on the lotions and prescription ointments. While that is the way to go, it’s only part of the solution. There may be other factors that could be contributing to your skin problems, and you may be overlooking them. Here are some do’s and don’ts for achieving supple skin this winter.
Exfoliate Your SkinYou may be thinking that exfoliating during the winter months will lead to further irritation of the skin, especially if it’s already sensitive. What exfoliating does, however, is slough off dead skin cells, leaving behind replenished skin. This, in turn, will improve the efficacy of your moisturizers and lotions. The key is to avoid abrasive exfoliants, like loofahs or exfoliating gloves, or to at least limit their usage. I recommend using a mild washcloth along with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser.
This rule should also be applied to the face. Considering it is usually the part of the body that is most exposed to the elements, it should not be neglected. Since the skin on the face is much thinner than the skin on the rest of the body, you don’t have to exfoliate it as often. Once or twice a week will suffice.