Why Exfoliation Is Your Skin’s Best Friend in Winter

It’s no secret that winter is one of the harsher seasons on your skin, particularly that of the face, neck, chest, and hands, which are typically the areas most frequently exposed to winter weather and dry heated air. As a result, you may develop dry patches, redness and swelling, chapping, cracking, or red bumps.

While it’s important to continue using a facial cream with SPF year-round, many of your old summer skincare standbys just won’t do the trick when faced with winter weather. It may be time to pull out the intensive moisturizing creams, and if you aren’t already practicing an exfoliation regimen, now’s the time to start. If the top layer of damaged skin cells is not gently removed on occasion, your skin will have trouble absorbing any topical treatments you apply, and your complexion can begin to appear dull or aged.

There Is More than One Way to Exfoliate

Many people assume that exfoliation has to involve an intensive scrub and some tough love in order to slough off all those dead skin cells. However, there are many exfoliation methods, and many of them are far more gentle and even more effective. Because facial skin is especially delicate, it deserves a gentle treatment that best suits your individual skin type and needs.

One option is chemical exfoliation. This method relies on alpha or beta hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or azelaic acid to smooth the skin’s surface by gently lifting dead skin cells. In order to avoid causing a negative skin reaction from an at-home treatment, it’s important to patch test new products when possible. You can also opt to visit a professional esthetician.

Even those who tolerate scrubs well in summer may not in winter, as this is usually when the skin is most vulnerable. If you choose to use a physical scrub for exfoliation, be sure to choose something extra gentle and follow it up immediately with moisturizer.

Now Is the Time to Indulge in an Exfoliating Facial

A professional facial that incorporates exfoliation techniques paired with cleansing, moisturizing, towel steaming, mask treatment, and light extractions is often the best way to address a combination of wintry skin pain points in one relaxing session. Whether you treat yourself to one or two seasonal facials or make them a regular part of your skincare routine, sometimes the only way to achieve a dewy, “spa-fresh” complexion is to, well, schedule a visit to the spa. You’ll likely find facial dryness and sallowness alleviated even after a single treatment, and your facialist knows which products to use to avoid exacerbating existing issues. Schedule a facial and reveal how beautiful and irritation-free your winter skin can be!

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