We hate to play favorites with seasons, but winter isn’t at the top of our preferred list – as far as our skin goes, at least.
Sure, we appreciate winter’s cozy aesthetic, but the colder months are also when our skin is most out of whack. The forced indoor heat, lack of sunlight, dry air, and chilly weather can leave your skin dry, chapped, red, and more prone to breakouts. Switching to a better moisturizer might be helpful, but additional maintenance can combat dull winter skin and breathe new life into your complexion.
Here’s how our providers recommend you care for your skin this season.
Invest in a Humidifier to Maximize Moisture
Using a humidifier in your home or office will add moisture to the air and keep your skin hydrated. Run the humidifier in rooms you spend the most time in, including your bedroom.
Limit Shower Time and Temperature
It may be tempting to take a long, steamy hot shower, but your skin will be much better served from a 5-10 minute, lukewarm shower (or bath) instead. Intense heat can cause more water to evaporate from your skin and leave your skin feeling dry and itchy– so keep an eye on the temperature of your shower to keep your skin healthy and hydrated this winter.
Modify Your Skincare Routine
In the winter, opt for cream-based cleansers that will deeply moisturize your skin and apply toners sparingly, if at all. Most toners contain alcohol which can further dry out your skin. And remember, “skincare” applies to the whole body, so don’t forget to use lotion daily.
Yes, you read that right. You might not be hitting the beach any time soon, but snow and ice can reflect the sun’s rays at up to 80% intensity. SPF is your BFF all year round.
Wear Breathable Fabrics
Most cold-weather fabrics (like wool acrylic) contain rough fibers that can irritate sensitive skin. Layer up and opt for soft, breathable clothes instead.
Put your best face forward in 2022 with the help of DCA’s expert dermatologists. Whether your New Year’s resolutions include clearing up your acne, getting your eczema under control, or reducing signs of aging, our providers can help you meet your skincare goals – and then some.
Call us at 337-235-6886 to make an appointment.