Edmonds Healthy Beauty and Skin Care: Your guide to holiday-perfect skin

Denice Schwind
Denice Schwind

It is hard to believe that the holiday season is already upon us! From family Christmas card photos, to holiday parties at work, it is important for your skin to look its best. Plus, it’s always helpful to have a few tricks up your sleeve to help you look extra radiant this holiday season. Here is your guide to flawless skin this winter.

Hydrate: From the air, to your skin, everything dries out in the winter. You can keep your skin supple and moisturized by pairing a mild facial cleanser with a daily moisturizer cream that will help protect your skin’s moisture barrier and lock in hydration. Prevent your skin from drying out by using a humidifier in your home to add moisture to the dry, warm air created by your heater. The heat from your hot shower in the morning can also dry your skin out, so try and cut down both the temperature and your shower time to help keep your skin smooth and hydrated throughout the winter months.

Faux is the way to go: You can get the glow without the sun damage. An airbrush tan can perfect your outfit for any holiday event, giving you an overall glow, without damaging the UVA/UVB rays. Make sure that you exfoliate prior to your spray tan in order to get the most even, long lasting tan. Speaking of damaging rays, it is still important to protect your skin from the sun during the winter. For those snow bunnies out there, it is extra important that you continue to use sun protection during the winter, as the sun reflecting off of the snow can be damaging.

Pick your products wisely: Add a serum to your regimen, if you are not already using one. Serums are used under your moisturizer. They are the most potent product in a skin care regimen, giving you the greatest results. Serums can serve an array of purposes targeting your most specific concerns. They also act as a moisture magnet and give your skin an extra layer of protection. A few active ingredients to look for in a serum are: peptides, vitamin c, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. Retinol is another common ingredient that can be beneficial if recommended by your dermatology specialist. To determine which serum is best for you skin, consult your esthetician or dermatology specialist.

Just as the seasons change, so must your skin care routine. If you have any questions regarding products or treatments that are right for you, it is always best to consult a dermatology specialist. Hopefully these tips will keep your skin looking and feeling incredible this winter.

Denice Schwind, PA-C has specialized in medical and cosmetic dermatology since 2004 and is an industry leader in skin care and anti-aging. Feel free to submit questions directly to Denice at denice@purskinclinic.com.


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