Health & Wellness

5 Ways to Take Care of Your Skin this Winter

Rhode Island skincare experts explain the best ways to treat your skin this season

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1. Use SPF, even in the winter. Damaging uv rays and free radical damage can cause collagen breakdown, causing wrinkles. –Kerri Parks, Facial Aesthetics Center of RI, East Greenwich

2. Heat dries our skin more than we think. Don’t wash with hot water; it breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, leading to loss of moisture. Also, hydrate. Drinking water and using humidifiers will add moisture to environments where there is heat. –Amanda Grant, Amanda Grant Skincare, North Kingstown

3. One of the most loving self-care practices you can adopt is a daily or weekly self massage using therapeutic oils. In addition to softening and moisturizing your body’s dry winter skin, it lubricates your joints, increases circulation, helps with detoxification, benefits sleep and calms the nerves. Try using organic coconut oil (cooling to the body), sesame oil (warming to the body), safflower oil (invigorating to the body) or Jojoba oil which is great for anyone. –Abby Backlund, Breathing Space Skin and Wellness Studio, Providence

4. Winter is a key time to reevaluate your home skin routine, especially your cleanser and moisturizer. Many people stay with their sudsy summer cleanser year round when a water soluble creamy cleanser may be a better option to deal with flaky dryness from the cold winter. Always wash your face when you are in for the evening. This often overlooked important step is one of the biggest and easiest ways for your skin not to shine brightly. Changing or adding a heavier moisturizer, or, even better, an oil in the evening is also another way to moisturize more effectively. –Alayne White, Alayne White Spa, Bristol and Providence

5. Almost everyone’s skin is dehydrated – even oily skin! Dehydration can lead to many problems. Having a spa facial treatment including steam, exfoliation, extractions, creams, lotions, facial masks, peels and massage on a regular basis will increase more blood flow to the area, boosting collagen production, which gives a healthy and natural glow to the complexion, along with long-lasting relief of dry skin. –Deborah Thayer, Spa Thayer, Narragansett