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winter modification aftercare

As anyone who’s modified knows, the change in seasons can mean a difficult period of biological adjustment, particularly for those of us with sensitive skin that’s been pierced or tattooed.  But there are a few things you can do during the cold months to combat the winter skin blues.

First, continuing with your aftercare regimen is important.  Just ask your piercer if the frequency of cleanses or soaks should change as the cold weather rolls in.  They’ll be able to give you expert tips on timing, water temperature, mixing ratios, and more.

 asking your piercer for winter aftercare info

After that’s sorted out, you’ll want to be sure that you have a moisturizing routine in place as well.  Winter is a drying season, even in many warmer climates, so keeping skin hydrated is definitely important.  Drinking the right amount of water can help, but organic oils and lotions are a good add-in too, as are premixed aftercare creams and pH balanced sprays.

 easy premixed sprays and creams

Then your next order of business is to prevent skin irritation before it starts. Some good things to keep in mind include watching your clothing and bedding materials, re-examining your detergent choices, and avoiding very hot winter showers.  Switching to fragrance and chemical free laundry products and turning down the tub temp are easy, but fashion choices can be a little more challenging.  A good rule of thumb is to steer clear of potential allergens like wool, goose down, and layered synthetics.  Natural materials like cotton and hemp will generally help to prevent chafing or itching.

And finally, remember your ABCs: alcohol, bad fats, and caffeine.  It can be tempting to overindulge in all three, especially during the holiday season, but keeping everything in moderation will be good for your insides and your outsides.

 saving your skin from holiday pitfalls

For more about modifications and aftercare year round, check out the rest of our Piercings and Aftercare category, and stay tuned.

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