With winters decent on New York City, Aqua Vitae Medial Spa dispels a few myths about keeping skin clean, clear, and healthy during the winter. Cold temperature and freezing gales can take a harsh toll on one’s skin, drying it out as the season progresses.
- Myth 1: You don’t need to use sunscreen during the winter or during overcast skies.
This is false. UVB rays generated from the sun penetrate the clouds and can burn skin even when the sun is obscured. SPF should be used all year round to protect skin from harmful rays. During colder months applying sunscreen with a moisturizer can hydrate and protect exposed skin keeping it healthy all year long.
- Myth 2: More Lip Balm Prevents Chapping.
This is partly true. Some of the common ingredients of lip balm can actually have adverse effects on skin. Mineral oils can create artificial skin around the lips, signaling lips to decrease the production of natural lipids. Using natural oil infused balms or cocoa butter can exfoliate and soften chapped lips.
- Myth 3: Steamy Showers Moisturize Dry Skin.
Exposure to hot water with temperature over 99 degrees can cause blood vessels to dilate, which results in water loss throughout the epidermis. If you crave a hot bath, keep it short, under five minutes. Pat skin when drying and use a moisturizer while skin is still damp.
In addition to these tips, visit Aqua Vitae Medial Spa for a special winter facial or massage to alleviate the winter malaise and elements.