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Bundle Up: Winter is here and so is the dry, flaky skin that comes with it

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Growing up in Albany, NY, we are used to winter conditions that are often unpredictable and harsh. No matter how many winters we have endured, our skin will never adapt to the frigid weather outside coupled with the dry heat indoors which leaves us with flaky, cracked and dull looking skin.

Our skin is the largest organ the body has which is why it is imperative that we properly care for it. Some of the most common problems I see with my clients at Spa One can range from dry, flaky skin not only on the face but the full body, to chapped and cracked lips and hands and even eyebrow dandruff! Furthermore, the dry air combined with not drinking enough water can lead to a face full of dehydration wrinkles! Not treated properly, these problems can escalate resulting in drier skin that appears dull, irritated and blotchy.

While virtually everyone suffers from some form of winter-related skincare issues, the good news is that there are lots of solutions. A skincare regime that is comprehensive and consists of regular professional treatments as well as products that are designed for your individual skincare needs are essential and help alleviate and prevent that dry, itchy skin that plagues us Upstate New Yorkers every winter. During this time of year, I recommend my clients stop in at least once for a Microdermabrasion, a non-invasive treatment that uses microcrystals to remove the top layer of dead skin cells, this procedure is excellent for leaving the skin younger and healthier looking because it boosts cell turnover and collagen production. Additionally, I always encourage clients to schedule a Spa One facial once every few months as it includes a mild exfoliation using a gentle scrub followed by a hydrating mask to keep skin looking fresh, soft and blemish-free.

For patients that suffer from full-body dryness, I would recommend booking an appointment with Joni for an Anesi Parafango Mud Body Wrap. Not only does this treatment leave you looking slimmer and tighter, it also leaves your skin fully hydrated so it feels smooth and soft.

If you can’t make it into the spa and are looking for a few at home remedies, you are in luck! There are several products out there that are fabulous to help alleviate your dry, cracked skin.

Spa One now carries a wet/dry callus remover and foot smoothing device that is perfect for rough heels. During or after a shower you can use the device to slough off the dead skin on your feet which should be followed by our Spa One Heel and Elbow intensive cream. This moisturizer is specifically formulated to hydrate severely dry and cracked skin. We also love SkinCeuticals B5 hydrating gel combined with SkinCeuticals Emollience moisturizer! This product combo leaves you feeling smooth and soft without the greasy/oily feeling some heavy duty moisturizers can give you.

Just remember, winter is tough on everyone! Being as proactive as you can be is the best solution. Schedule regular skin care appointments and don’t be afraid to try new products or even switch up your routine for the season.

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