When the winter weather sets in, even the most luminous skin can suffer the side effects.

Our feet are a common area of concern, as the cold air outdoors and warm, dry air indoors sucks the natural oils out of our skin, leaving behind cracked heels, peeling soles, and itchy toes. 

If heel cracks are deep enough, they can become more than a cosmetic concern. These fissures can bleed, swell, and be incredibly painful. 

Winter skin is also more prone to bacterial and fungal infections because the protective skin barrier is compromised, allowing microbes to slip into vulnerable openings. 

When daily moisturizers aren’t enough, the experts at AST recommend two concentrated treatments to correct and heal dehydrated skin.

Baby Foot

 Dry winter skin doesn’t stand a chance when you slip your feet into Baby Foot exfoliating and hydrating peels. 

Crafted with 16 natural extracts, including grapefruit, chamomile, and sage, Baby Foot is designed to remove stubborn calluses and dead skin build-up from heel to toe. 

Place your feet into the gel-filled plastic booties, relax for an hour as the potent formula gets to work penetrating the skin and then wash thoroughly.  Over the next week, sloughing of unwanted layers of skin will begin, as you achieve baby-smooth results. 

Neostrata Problem Dry Skin Cream

Give your skin the relief it’s been craving with Neostrata’s Problem Dry Skin Cream.

The intensive topical treatment is formulated to address thick, calloused areas on the heels, knees, and elbows. It’s ideal for clients regardless of skin type and can even handle psoriasis-related scaling. 

The rich cream salve is loaded with AHA and PHA to exfoliate away dead skin, while beeswax, vitamin E, and hydrating oils work on contact to smooth and rehydrate. 

Caring for Winter Skin

Feet aren’t the only victims of dehydrating, cold air. Address your head-to-toe winter skin needs with these tips:

  • Upgrade your everyday moisturizer to a thick, rich cream. While light moisturizers are lovely for the summertime, your skin needs something with more substance to beat the winter chill. 
  • Skip the hot showers. They can further strip your skin of natural oils, leaving you even more prone to dryness. Stick with warm water and a gentle cleanser. 
  • Increase your water uptake. Your skin cells need H20 to maintain healthy function.
  • Avoid irritating fabrics, like wool. It’s tempting to bundle up, but avoid it when possible. Scratchy materials cause microscopic damage to your skin, making it even more sensitive and dry. 
  • SPF is just as important in the winter. Cold weather doesn’t negate the damage of UV rays, and the reflective snow causes the damaging waves to hit from new angles.

If you want to do more for your skin this wintertime, we invite you to stop by Advanced Skin Therapeutics to learn more about products and treatments we offer to address concerns at their source.

Our providers can recommend trusted brands that will provide protection, healing, and all the nutrients your skin needs to survive the cold weather.