Winter Skincare Tips from Pinehurst Medical Clinic Dermatology
Just a quick word to the wise: acne, dry skin, and the effects of aging do not hibernate during the winter. And, depending in what region of the country you live, they might even be working overtime.
If you’re on a quest to achieve a great complexion and reverse the effects father time has on your skin, then it’s a good idea to have a plan for how you are going to be proactive instead of reactive during the wintry months.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It takes a beating because it’s our outer protection for our musculoskeletal system.
Read on for a few ways that you can support your skin, keeping it healthy and hydrated for the winter, heading into spring.
Use Gentle Skin Cleansing Products
You want to keep in mind that, although you want to cleanse the skin, you want to avoid stripping the skin of all its moisture in the process. We like Cetaphil quite a bit, something bland with quality, hard-working ingredients.
Avoid that Tempting High Temp Shower
That hot shower sounds nice every winter morning. Try to resist the temptation. Taking hot showers will create cracks in your skin surfaces, because hot water evaporates quickly, resulting in what some call a “winter’s itch,” which feels like paper cuts or eczema. Hydrate immediately after your showers, if you can.
Spend a Little Extra on Moisturizer
Moisturizing your skin is crucial to staying comfortable and keeping your skin hydrated for the winter. Use creams and ointments (which generally come in jars) over lotions during the winter. Extremely thick products, like, say Vaseline, are better suited for the body, rather than the face, because you’ll risk clogging pores. Look for vitamin B derivative, niacinamide. Stay away from fragrances, if you can.
Lastly, Exfoliate Less
If you have dry skin to begin with, you want to avoid exfoliating. It’s all about keeping your skin barrier during the winter — we recommend using body oils (coconut oil, argan oil, tea tree and rose oils) before bathing to protect your barrier before getting into the water.
Anyway, we hope some of this helps. In addition to incorporating these measures into your routine, it’s important to have an experienced dermatologist on your side. Contact Pinehurst Medical Clinic Dermatology to schedule your one-on-one consultation.