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As we Sink into Winter, Your Skin Has Specific Needs

  • Posted on: Feb 14 2021
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During this time of year, we may find ourselves in nesting mode. Because the outdoor air is cold and dry, nothing may sound better than sitting by a cozy fireplace. The winter months often send us scrambling. We seek the warmest sweaters and rain jackets. We pull out our snow or rain boots, gloves, and hats. Doing so may be necessary, but is it enough? Not really. The skin has specific needs in the wintertime. Here, we discuss how to meet them.

Revamp Your Moisturizing Practice

When you think about your moisturizing practice, you may first imagine what you’re putting on your skin. At this time of the year, most people are setting aside their lightweight moisturizers and slathering on emollient creams. Facial moisturizing may include special oils and thicker creams applied before bed to soothe the dryness that has developed during the day. The use of a good moisturizer is a start but there is more that you can do to protect your skin this winter. One is to set a humidifier in the room you use the most. Humidifiers offset the dryness that can result from indoor heating. Additionally, it is important to stay hydrated. Don’t stop at 64 ounces of water; increase your daily intake to around 80 ounces.

Exfoliate Differently

Dermatologists frequently recommend exfoliation as an integral part of a healthy skincare routine. This practice removes the dead and damaged skin cells that don’t fall away spontaneously. Though necessary, exfoliation should be tapered in the winter months. Because the skin is dryer, there is a greater chance of irritation. This doesn’t mean you can’t exfoliate. It does mean you may want to schedule this kind of treatment in our office, though. Here, we can customize a chemical peel or other exfoliating treatment to your unique needs.

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