The weather outside may be frightful, but your skin doesn’t have to be. Winter can be tough on skin with all that cold wind and dry air hitting your face, and your regular products might just make the cut this season.
Whether those wrinkles are more prominent than usual, or you keep developing dry flakes, the skin care experts are here to help. With the help of dermatologists, these winter skin problems are all are minor challenges to overcome, and your skin will be be looking and feeling its best in no time.
Winter Skincare Tips and Tricks
- Don’t forget sunscreen. Just because we’re not soaking up summer rays, it doesn’t mean that the sun isn’t still a potential threat. In fact, you can get sunburnt in the winter from the sun reflecting off the snow and ice.
- Moisturize more than usual. This begins at home and should continue throughout the day. Lather on moisturizer and then carry a bottle of lotion for your hands and other exposed places to apply throughout the day. Also, moisturize after you wash your hands.
- Always wear gloves. Not only do we lose a lot of heat through our hands, but chapped hands can be extremely painful and make the easiest talks feel uncomfortable
- Avoid alcohol-based toners an astringents. Although this may hinder your beauty routine, these products will dry out your skin and pose the risk of making your skin peel. If you cannot part with a toner, apply two generous layers of moisturizer after toner application.
- Trap humidity. Nothing dries your skin out more than transitioning from a steaming hot shower into a cold bathroom. To do this, close the bathroom door when showering, and opt for warm water instead of hot. After a shower, be sure to blot your skin dry and moisturize!
- Know your skin. If your skin is on the drier side, use oil based creams for maximum moisture. If your skin is naturally oily, opt for water based lotions and moisturizers.
- Use petroleum jelly. This is a cheap and effective way at treating and preventing chapped lips and dry, flaky skin. One of dermatologists’ favorite products and best-kept secret.
- Switch it up. You may need to invest in some new products, because with changes in weather come changes in skin, and old products might not hinder the same results.
If a problem persists:
Seek a specialist. At the end of the day, dermatologists are there to assist with all of your skincare needs. If something seems off with your skin, you’re probably right. Our skin is our largest organ, so it’s so important that you take care of it.
Or, if you need help introducing new products into your skincare routine, your dermatologist is here to help.
Remember, it is much easier to prevent cracked skin than to treat it.