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How to Get Healthy & Beautiful Skin During the Winter

January 20, 2016

While every season has qualities to enjoy, each season also seems to take a toll on your body in one way or another. Winter in particular can be rough on your skin, as the cold, frosty air causes dryness, cracking and even eczema. To make matters worse, we typically take refuge from cold weather inside, where the heat is blaring, further contributing to dry skin. Maintaining healthy skin is important, as our skin is our body’s largest, living organ. Our skin protects us against germs and aids in maintaining our body temperature. Read on to learn how to maintain healthy and beautiful skin in the winter.

To combat dry skin during the winter, you will need to moisturize more often than any other time of the year. It will also help to switch to an oil-based moisturizer, instead of a water-based moisturizer, as the oil will help to develop and maintain a protective layer on your skin, locking in more moisture than you would with cream or lotion. If your skin is prone to acne, especially the skin on your face, select a moisturizer that uses oils that won’t clog your pores. For example, avocado oil or primrose oil are often found in facial products, as they contain non-clogging properties. Finally, don’t forget to use sunscreen when heading out. We often forget the importance of sunscreen in the winter, since we are covered up and the sun isn’t as strong as it is in the summer. However, the sun in winter can still be quite damaging to exposed skin, especially when snow is present, as the reflecting glare enhances the sun’s damage.

Since your skin is your body’s largest organ, what you put on it is as important as what you put inside your body. We tend to eat healthier in the summer to trim down. However, it is important to maintain a healthy diet in the winter too, filled with fruits, vegetables and healthy fats, which all contribute to healthy skin. It is also important to continue to drink plenty of fluids in the winter. We may not feel as dehydrated in the cooler months as we do in the hot summer months, but it is still imported to stay hydrated, which benefits our skin.

One of the best things you can do for your skin is to see a specialist, who can assess your specific skin and provide advice on the best regimen for you, depending on your skin type and any existing conditions. A professional can help you choose effective skin care products that fit within your budget, and teach you the best methods when using facial products. The best part about seeing a specialist is having treatment done, such as a facial. Treating yourself to a facial occasionally will do wonders for your skin, as spas tend to use high-quality products and are trained to apply them in the most beneficial way to you. They are also equipped with several tools to assist in the process, which you would otherwise be unable to do yourself at home. Other benefits of a facial of course, include relaxing and de-stressing as you allow a professional to work wonders on your skin. You will leave your treatment glowing!

IGBeauty is a Cosmetology and Laser Clinic located in Toronto that provides a wide variety of skin care treatments to treat the many needs of our patients. We’re equipped to treat any skin ailments you may have, and can also provide ongoing maintenance for your skin. For example, our facials and natural skin care treatments can be tailored into a personal program for your skin. Book an appointment to have your skin look and feel the way you want it to be during Canada’s colder seasons. Call (647) 764-7490 or if you prefer email, we can be reached at info@igbeauty.com. A list of our services is available on our website www.igbeauty.com.

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