EVERY WINTER THAT unpleasant menace, dry skin, plagues almost everyone. Here in the desert, our air lacks humidity (moisture in the air) all year long and dry air sucks moisture out of skin. Your body needs moisture inside as well as out to keep the skin lush and healthy.
Most of us dread the winter days of itching ashy legs, licking chapped lips, and nursing painfully cracked hands and feet. Unfortunately, we tend to consider this as unavoidable as we bundle up and dreamily wait for spring to come and chase away the problem. However, if you are prone to dry skin during the cold season, there are several steps you can take to prevent it so that your skin is moist and beautiful year round. 1) During the cold seasons don’t go outside without your cold weather gear. A heavy coat, hat, gloves, and boots protect you from wind, cold, and cold-induced dehydration. 2) Never wash the dishes or work with household chemicals without putting on gloves. 3) Take care of your feet when you are home, wearing cotton socks or slippers instead of going barefoot. 4) Always be sure to get enough water and help keep dry skin at bay by getting the recommended six to eight glasses of pure water daily and you will feel better all around.
When the cold gets the better of your skin it’s a good time to head to the spa…preferably the Spa at Red Rock. Here’s a guide:
- Start off with a few minutes in the steam room to help detoxify your body.
- An exfoliating sugar scrub to get rid of dead skin cells will brighten and hydrate your skin, followed with a luxurious body butter massage to relax the body and soul and seal in moisture. (Recommend: Bourbon Scrub & Massage)
- Your Spa day wouldn’t be complete without a warming and invigorating facial. (Recommend: Winter Spice Facial)
- Last, but certainly not least, those fingers and toes need extra attention. Cracked cuticles and heels are painful and unsightly, try a Peppermint Pedicure & Manicure to restore your hands and feet.
Even in winter we have plenty of blue skies and sunshine so don’t avoid the outdoors, just take extra good care of your skin when heading out! Always use a lip balm with SPF, and try dipping your finger in the sugar bowl and giving your lips their own yummy sugar scrub followed with lip balm. Remember, use a heavier face moisturizer, body and hand cream to stand up to the drying effects of the wind and cold. Lots of hot tea and plenty of water and most of all enjoy the Season!!!
Lead Massage Therapist
The Spa at Red Rock
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