Weather has a huge effect on our skin, especially the winter months. The harsh, cold winds can irritate delicate skin on the face, neck and hands and the dry conditions can strip the skin of its natural moisture. This dryness and irritation can lead to red patches, excess dead skin cells clogging pores and more skin problems that need special winter skincare.
Winter Skincare Tip 1: Add Moisture
Certain moisturizers are fine for the spring or summer but, once winter rolls around, our skin needs more. For the winter, an oil-based moisturizer that’s got a more ointment-like consistency will create a protective layer of the skin that retains more moisture.
However, oils should be chosen very carefully. Not all oils are appropriate for the face. Chose non-comedogenic oils like avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, or almond oil. Shea oil, also known as shea butter, is a controversial ingredient because it can clog pores for some people. Lotions containing humectants, a class of substances that attract moisture, can be very helpful during the winter. These ingredients can include glycerine, sorbitol and alpha-hydroxy acids.
Winter Skincare Tip 2: Wear Sunscreen
Sunscreen isn’t just for the summer, it should be used all year. The winter sun can still cause long-lasting damage to our skin, especially when combined with the sun glinting off snow on the ground. Even if there’s no snow, sunscreen should still be used as a part of our daily routines. A broad-spectrum sunscreen applied to the face and hands about 30 minutes before going outside.
Winter Skincare Tip 3: Avoid Scalding Baths
Hot showers and baths can feel great after being out in the cold. But, the intense heat from the water can break down lipid carriers in the skin, leading to a loss of moisture. Hot water can also strip too much of the natural oils from our skin, making it more dry and itchy. Bath water should be tepid, meaning skin temperature or even just a little warmer.
Winter Skincare Tip 4: Use a Humidifier
Hot air from central heating systems and space heaters can dry out our skin in ways we’re not used to during other seasons. Humidifiers help to get more moisture in the air, preventing our skin from drying out. Placing several small humidifiers throughout the home can help disperse moisture around the area, preventing skin from getting dry and uncomfortable.
Winter Skincare Tip 5: Talk to a Dermatologist
Seeing a dermatologist’s advice is a good investment for glowing, healthy skin for years to come. A dermatologist can analyze our skin, troubleshoot any problems and give us advice on skin care products that work for our specific skin types and concerns.
When it comes to your skin, you only want the best.
That’s why you should choose Southern Dermatology. We offer the best products, with the best ingredients. Our experienced practitioners strive to provide the best and safest experience for all patients. Call Southern Dermatology today at 919-782-2152 to schedule a consult.