5 ways to winterize your skin

As the weather cools down and we start preparing our homes and gardens for winter — having the furnace inspected, putting cloches over the plants on cool evenings, stocking up on soup ingredients — it’s important to winterize our skin, too, Spa Maxx esthetician Jessica says.

Jessica offers these tips to keep your skin soft and pretty when temperatures plummet and humidity disappears:

  • Buy a good toner and use it regularly. Exposure to the elements can strip your face of its natural oils and disrupt the pH of your skin, leaving it vulnerable to damage, Jessica explains. A good toner can restore the skin to its natural pH level and help it retain moisture. “We are a self-cleaning oven,” Jessica says. “If you just give the skin the ability — a nice condition — then it’ll [take care of] itself.”
  • Moisturize. Too many people are guilty of “not moisturizing, not keeping your skin hydrated and preparing for the dry elements outside,” Jessica says. “Prevention is always better than repair. If you wait until it gets too bad, it’s always worse to try to infuse the elements back into the skin.”
  • While you’re taking care of your face, don’t forget the rest of your body. “Any of the facials can be performed on the arms, elbows, hands, feet, anywhere on the body,” Jessica says.
  • Find a serum or cream that’s right for your skin and use it regularly. Jessica says serums are “all the new rage.” She’s fond of Circadia’s Vitamin C Reversal Serum — available at Spa Maxx — which blocks free radicals, moisturizes, nourishes the skin, and helps reduce the signs of aging. She also likes Circadia’s Vitamin A Rx Cream, which stimulates the skin to repair itself.
  • If you’ve been thinking of getting a chemical peel, now is a good time to do it. Because chemical peels can make skin sensitive¬†and leave the face feeling warm for a day or two, the middle of summer isn’t the most comfortable time to get them, Jessica says. Aftercare, which includes protecting the skin from sunlight for a few days, is easier in the winter, too, because the sun is less intense, she says.

If you’d like to discuss your winter skin-care options or schedule a facial, call Spa Maxx at (918) 744-5500 to book an appointment with Jessica.

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