From New Orleans to Chicago, Boston to Dallas, and everywhere in between, winter is here. Some will have it easier than others, but even just a few cold clear days can do real damage to your skin. The rapid change from the cold and humid atmosphere outside, to the dry, heated environment of your home can cause dry, flaking, or cracked skin. Since moisturizing isn’t the end-all-be-all of skin care, sometimes people need something more than a bottle of lotion to get them through the cold winter months.
During winter, what feels best is often what’s worst for you. Keeping cozy at home by cranking up the heat can lead to drying of the skin and considerable discomfort. Similarly, long baths and showers with (very) hot water should be avoided, because hot water leeches oil from the skin, causing it to dry out.
You should also avoid using harsh chemical peels, acne medications, facial scrubs, and face wash. If you choose to use any of the aforementioned products, it’s wise to apply lotion and moisturizer to the problem areas (the face, elbows, knees, and hands) within 3 minutes of stepping out of the shower. Before applying moisturizer to the face, rinse it with cold water. This will close the pores and prevent clogged pores, blemishes, and pimples.
Though this may seem like a no-brainer, stay hydrated! Drinking plenty of water is a cornerstone of health in general, not only good skin health. When it’s cold, many people forget to drink a healthy supply of water, and dehydration sets in. Similarly, many assume that because it’s winter they don’t need protection from the sun. That attitude, plus a little reflective snow on the ground, leads to many winter sunburns.
If you’ve got more skin care questions, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Michael Chiaramonte of Bella Cosmetic Surgery. Our friendly and helpful office staff will schedule you a free initial consultation.