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FACE THE WINTER

with proper skin care

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 12:23 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:43 a.m. CDT

Winter is in full swing, and the chilly gusts and enormous snowdrifts are forcing everyone to bundle up in layers, often forgetting about the most important layer underneath it all—your skin.

The cold, dry air that goes hand-in-hand with the winter season often brings about dry skin, blood vessel breakage, and other disorders like eczema. Even if you are a regular moisturizer and take care of your skin on a daily basis, it might not be enough during the cold, harsh winter.

Suburban skin specialists are sharing their knowledge for keeping your epidermis in tip-top shape in the harsh weather that comes with the winter months.

Taking on the Winter Staying out of the cold is unavoidable in the winter, but there are many skincare tips that can help keep your skin as healthy as possible. Some of the problems that estheticians come across during the cold months include dry, red, itchy, and damaged skin. The two main causes of stress on skin are dry air and indoor heating, both of which are prevalent throughout the winter.

 “People tend to do the same treatments that they do in the summer, but it’s really great to change your whole routine,” Sarah Bajzek, esthetician at Rocco and Rocco in Downers Grove, says. “You definitely need to up your moisturizers, cleansers and masks.”

Even if you regularly moisturize and tone your skin, it might not be enough to keep it nourished properly in the winter months. Instead of just loading moisturizer on your face, exfoliation and peels are the key to maintaining a healthy layer of skin.

“Use creamy cleansers that are gentle and nourishing to the skin and perform mild, but regular exfoliation followed by serums that add moisture and plump the skin,” Cheryl Santucci, Director of Esthetics and Retail at Mario Tricoci says. “Follow that with a high moisture content cream to lock hydration into the skin.”

There are a variety of different facials ideal for combating the winter, ranging from the Signature Organic Radiance facial at Mario Tricoci, which features an organic fruit acid peel to remove dead skin; In addition, Bajzek suggests the Organic Coconut Chamomile treatment at Rocco and Rocco, which helps to heal and calm the skin while rehydrating and replenishing.

“We have a really great organic line, Amrit, that has a bunch of different facials for different skin types,” Bajzek says.  “A lot of people are so big on organic and eating organic, and this is kind of like eating clean for your skin as well.”

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