05 Mar 10 Tips for Winter Skin Care
Winter can be a brutal time for your skin. Follow some of our helpful tips to make sure you maintain a healthy glow all year round – no matter what the weather is showing outside!
It’s always important to make sure that your skin is moisturized but in winter it’s even more imperative. The cold weather in winter robs your skin of natural oils, particularly on the hands, knees and elbows where the skin is thinner than the rest of your body. Find a moisturizer for these areas that are oil and not water based for the added protection that give. For feet, a light moisturizer might work in summer but you will need something thicker for winter. Exfoliate often and slather your feet with a petroleum or glycerin based lotion. A qualified leading Long Beach Dermatologist like Ulmer and Wu Dermatology can guide you in what products would be best for your skin type.
Water doesn’t have a direct influence on the health of your skin; however, dehydration decreases the smooth, firm look of your face. What does the body good makes the skin look radiant.
Turn on Your Humidifier
It is pretty safe to assume that your home will be considerably dryer in winter than in other parts of the year. Using a humidifier isn’t only great for keeping your skin hydrated but also helps the rest of your body from drying out like your throat and sinuses. Make sure that you change the water and the filter regularly so bacteria aren’t allowed to build up.
People don’t often think about using daily sunscreen during winter with the possible exception of on the slopes. Two reasons to use sunscreen or SPF lotion in the winter is that you do not feel the effects of the sun like you do during the hot weather with sweat and flushed skin, though you can still get sunburned. The sun reflects off of the snow in winter which can cause sun damage as well. Any SPF over 30 should do but you can consult Ulmer and Wu Dermatology for specialized skin care products.
Avoid Blow Drying your Hair
Many won’t see the connection to skin care but towel drying your hair in winter is yet another way to maintain healthy skin. Using a towel to dry your hair helps to remove all the unwanted dry skin from your scalp. Blow drying your hair can obviously damage your hair but will also deplete the natural oils that you need for a healthy scalp.
See a Dermatologist
It’s a great idea to consult with a dermatologist or skin care expert to find out what the best products are for your skin type. Costly products aren’t necessary but a trained Long Beach dermatologist can advise what cleansers, lotions, moisturizers and serums are ideal for continued healthy skin. Ulmer and Wu Dermatology has a full set of skin care products.
Avoid Wet Cloths
This may go without saying but try to keep your cloths and gloves dry when outside in the winter. If you can’t, change into dry clothes as soon as you are able to. Wet clothes dries your skin out and can leave it raw and sore. After you have dried off, make sure to use an extra dose of moisturizer on exposed areas.
Use SPF and Lip Balm on your Lips
Lips are one of the most vulnerable areas during winter. Make sure to keep your lips moisturized particularly when outside. Do not use a petroleum based lip balm though; it will prevent your lips from retaining moisture. Tea tree oil is a great alternative.
Avoid Face Masks and Alcohol-Based Toners and Cleansers
Use cream based or deeply hydrating facial skin care products especially in winter. Alcohol based products further dehydrate your skin, leaving it susceptible to developing eczema or another severe dry skin condition. Do not over wash your face, even with a gentle cleanser as this also drys out your skin.
Avoid Hot Baths
Taking hot baths in the winter may cause a loss of moisture by the breaking down of lipid barriers in the skin. Adding baking soda or oatmeal in a warm bath with help to retain the natural oils and hydration in your skins. As a side note: this would also include avoiding hot water while washing dishes. This can lead to sore and cracked hands. Make sure that you moisturize after doing the dishes.