3 Winter Skincare Mistakes

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Slacking on exfoliation-

Winter is an especially important time to exfoliate. By removing dead skin cells, moisturizers can actually penetrate deeper providing the extra hydration it needs.

Over moisturizing-

Our harsh Minnesota winters can really stress our skin, leaving it feeling super dry.  It’s a common mistake to layer on the moisturizers, but caking on these lotions can increase clogged pores, bumps, and breakouts. After the skin has absorbed all that it can absorb, the rest just sits on the surface of the skin potentially blocking pores.  Making sure you are using the correct moisturizers for your skin type and adding an oil-free serum can give you the extra boost it may need to survive the winter.

Skipping the SPF-

Even though you may not be getting a sunburn or suntan, you are still getting those damaging rays that cause brown spots and aging. Also, snow reflects up to 80% of the UV light from the sun, increasing your risk of damage. Use an SPF of 30 or high every day and reapply often when spending extended amounts of time in the harsh winter air.

Children and Dry Skin

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Now that school is back in session and winter is here, do you notice your children’s hands becoming dry and irritated?  Here are a few helpful ideas to get them through the ‘dry skin’ school season.

* Make sure they put their gloves or mittens on before they go outside. Going from heated buildings, buses, cars, etc. to cold air can cause exposed skin to lose its natural moisture more quickly.

* Remind them to thoroughly rinse and dry their hands after washing. The soaps that schools use are often anti-bacterial and harsh on their sensitive skin. Leaving excess soap and water on their hands can cause them to become dry and chaffed.

 * Use a good moisturizer after each washing (when possible) and before bed. Giving their busy hands an extra dose of emollient in the dry months will help prevent dry, cracked and irritated skin.

 * With teachers permission, tuck a travel size moisturizer into their backpack or coat pocket to keep in their desk to use at school.

 *For areas of cracked, chaffing skin use an alcohol free moisturizer or healing ointment. This will help to eliminate stinging and give relief to those sensitive areas.

 As always, if their hands and/or skin are extremely bad with patches of dry, itching, bleeding areas, this could be a sign of a skin condition other than dry winter skin. Seek advice from your dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

 Happy Winter!