What’s Drying My Skin Out?

January 14th, 2014

It’s no secret that this bitter cold winter and unpredictable temperature fluctuations, among other things, can lead to dry skin.  Between indoor heating systems and the chilly season, they are bound to have a drastic impact on your face.  Elasticity may seem a thing of the past with the latest polar blast, replacing a once radiant complexion with a chapped and flaking one.  However, there are simple steps you can take to minimize the damage from environmental elements.  There are also natural face care ingredients that can bolster hydration for a glowing visage regardless of the season.

A friend was recently complaining that her skin felt cracked from the heating in her apartment–she’d tried oils but nothing was working.  When the climate is this harsh its important to intensify your moisturizing skincare regime.  Exfoliation is extremely important to shed dead dermal cells and boost new cell turnover.  Here are some other factors that dry skin out according to leading aestheticians, such as those you’ll find at Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.


Water.  Hot water is an absolute “N-O” when it comes to cleaning your skin.  It is one the quickest ways to deplete the skin’s natural oil production.  Tepid water, not too hot or too cold,  is recommended to retain ageless luminosity.  Also, drinking sufficient amounts of water keeps cells hydrated and buoyant so the skin has a plumped healthy appearance.

Ineffective moisturizer.  Many face care products found in pharmacies, promise but don’t deliver lasting moisture. Oftentimes a consultation with highly trained and well-read aesthetician will produce a customized moisturizing routine that is specific to the skin type as well as the season.  The best nourishing moisturizers include argan, jojoba oils as well as shea and cocoa butter.  A trade secret worth knowing when shopping for effective skincare: top quality ingredients are generally reserved for high end products by distributors.

Face care with sulfates and alcohol.  Isopropyl alcohol and sulfates (ammonium lauryl, sodium lauryl, and sodium laureth sulfates) are all drying agents that are in many skincare products.  Reading the labels on skincare products before you buy them ensures quality and that you avoid these harmful chemical additives.  It is important to know what all that unpronounceable scientific jargon that adorn labels really is.  Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist, suggests that choosing natural recognizable ingredients delivers the best results.  If you can’t pronounce what’s in the product then you may want to steer clear of it.

Lack of nutrients.  In both your diet for body and skin proper nutrients are critical.  If you choose a green juice for your body, a green juice daily serum is also available for the skin.  The nano-particles present in serums are easily absorbed through the pores to offer a concentrated dose of essential vitamins and minerals that build dermal strength and endurance while restoring vital moisture.  Applying serum daily is one of the most reliable ways to rejuvenate dry ashen skin and combat the premature signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.  When you find a transcendent variety, a serum can enhance collagen and elastin production to significantly reduce the negative effects of dry climates.


Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise-trekking the national museum scene…