I don’t know about you, but just the hint of cold weather we had last week and my visit to my family in Ohio over Thanksgiving has given me a case of BOTH chapped lips and chapped hands! Our Beauty columnist Morgan Pink shares some great tips for excellent winter-time skin care. — EH Stafford, Managing Editor

Cold winter weather — Dry indoor heat

As the cold winter months draw near, they bring harsh outdoor air and dry indoor heat — leaving skin feeling dry and itchy. If you are like me, despite your best efforts to take care of the skin on your face, you often neglect to take care of the skin on the rest of your body. 

Why Skin Care is Important

Our skin is our largest organ and needs to be nourished like the rest of our body. In fact, our skin serves as a protective barrier between our internal organs and the outside world. When skin becomes dry and cracked, that protective barrier is less effective, and we become more susceptible to germs and other environmental hazards entering our body.

Taking care of our skin is not vanity, it contributes to our overall health.

So, what can we do to give our skin the additional attention it needs this winter? 

What You Can Do at Home

Esthetician, Kristen Saylor, recommends using a sugar or salt scrub to exfoliate once a week to remove dead skin cells. Every day after getting out of the shower, Saylor suggests applying a body lotion or oil while your skin is still moist to help your skin absorb the moisture. Try: Evo’s Self Indulgence Body Cream.

Drinking water may not be enough

Saylor stressed that although it is important to ensure that you are getting your daily recommended water in-take, there currently aren’t any studies that demonstrate that increased water consumption equals better skin. That is why it is particularly important to moisturize skin using a topical lotion or oil to keep skin hydrated.  

Skin treatments that may help

Saylor offers spa treatments that provide additional care and nourishment to the skin. 

Salt Glow

A salt glow is a spa treatment that uses a salt scrub to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. It includes a full body cleanse, exfoliation, and hydration. During this service, Saylor is able to reach the skin that we often miss such as the skin on our back. 

Back Detox Facial

A back detox facial includes all of the steps of a traditional facial: cleansing, toning, exfoliation, treatment mask, and moisturizer. This treatment is for everyone and can be personalized to suit your individual skin concerns. It is particularly beneficial for anyone who struggles with back acne. 

Hydrafacial

Hydrafacials are great for all skin types and are very customizable. The first step of a hydrafacial includes a cleanse and peel to speed up cellular turnover and unclog pores. This is followed by exfoliation and extraction, and then a fusion of moisture and antioxidants to hydrate and soothe skin. Hydrafacials aren’t just for your face, they can be done on other areas of the skin such as the neck and décolleté or the back. 

View LKNConnect’s detailed article and demo video on hydrafacials here.

More skin care articles

Below are just two of the great articles you can find in LKNConnect’s BEAUTY column. Click here to see our full list.

Remember, using sunscreen is important all year around

See LKNConnect’s article on sunscreen below.

For more information

If you are interested in any of the treatments or products mentioned or would like to book an appointment with Kristen Saylor, call Modern Salon and Spa Birkdale at 704.339.0909.

Images courtesy of Modern Salon/Shutterstock
Dry hands and moisturizers courtesy of Pixabay.com
Morgan Pink

Morgan Pink is a Team Leader and Marketing Associate at Modern Salon and Spa. She loves working in the beauty industry because promoting self-care and empowering women to feel their best are two of her passions. Morgan is a Huntersville resident, avid reader, animal lover, and coffee and wine enthusiast. 

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