The cold chill in the air and promise of snow on the horizon may be getting you in the mood for the holiday season, but they could also spell trouble for your skin. Frosty winter air zaps moisture and can leave you with dry, cracked skin. In addition to being unsightly, dehydrated skin is often itchy and uncomfortable.
When it comes to staying moisturized, prevention is key. Continue reading below as the staff from New Paradise Men’s Spa, a luxury spa for men in New York City, lists their top skin-saving tips for winter.
5 Tips for Avoiding Dry, Cracked Skin
1. Stay Hydrated
The foods and beverages you consume are your first line of defense against dehydration. Get the moisture you need from naturally hydrating foods such as fruits and vegetables, and by drinking plenty of water. Foods rich in healthy fats and omega-3’s, including salmon and walnuts, also help to keep skin hydrated by establishing a moisture barrier that prevents over-drying.
2. Skip the Hot Showers
A hot shower feels amazing on a cold day, but it could be doing more harm than good. Extended exposure to hot water strips away the body’s natural oils, leaving skin dry and itchy. Protect yourself by taking warm baths and showers.
3. Moisturize Frequently
Make it a habit to routinely moisturize your entire body, but pay close attention to your face, lips, and hands. These areas are the most vulnerable to the moisture-zapping effects of cold, dry air. Protect these regions by applying lotion and lip balm each morning and carrying a small tube of both in your gym or work bag for touch-ups throughout the day.
4. Shield Yourself From the Elements
Try to keep your skin out of direct contact with the cold as much as possible. Harsh winds and frigid air can cause windburn, over-drying, and cracking. Stay safe on the coldest days by wearing weather-appropriate clothing, including thick socks, gloves, and a scarf.
5. Schedule a Manicure & Pedicure
The cold’s drying effects are most visible on the hands and feet. The skin in these regions will often begin to crack or become ashy. Soothe and protect these areas by visiting a spa for a professional manicure and pedicure. Regular treatments will help to re-hydrate the skin and seal in moisture.
If you are interested in safeguarding your skin against the cold, call New Paradise Men’s Spa at (646) 559-1621 to schedule an appointment. The staff at this spa is specially trained in men’s massages, men’s facials, and more. To view their full list of spa treatments and packages, or to purchase a gift card, visit their website today.