Frigid temperatures and squalls are ideal conditions for dry, cracked, itchy skin. Follow the advice of these dermatologists so that your dermis regains all its splendor during the cold season.
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Choose a hydrating cleanser instead of your regular cleanser to protect your skin in winter
They change cleaners for the winter
Winter is not a season for antibacterial soaps and deodorants, which can dry out your skin, notes Dr. Christine Choi Kim, MD, a dermatologist in Santa Monica, Calif. A better choice? A creamy, hydrating cleanser that rehydrates your skin.
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Winter skin care: take short, lukewarm showers.
They take short, lukewarm showers in winter
“It’s tempting to take long, hot showers when it’s freezing outside, but it’s the exact opposite of what your skin wants,” warns Philadelphia dermatologist Nazanin Saedi. Hot water can literally strip your skin of its natural fat and dry it out. Instead, Dr. Saedi recommends taking a lukewarm, quick shower (5-10 minutes maximum).
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Winter skin care: use super-moisturizers
They use super-moisturizers
Your usual liquid moisturizer is not really suitable for winter. “Take a cream instead of a lotion,” says Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist in New York City. The product is expected to contain hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which Dr. Kim says will make moisturizers more effective without overwhelming them.
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Dermatologists recommend moisturizing your skin when you get out of the bath or shower in the winter
… and at the right time
Studies indicate that it is much better to hydrate the skin right after a bath rather than not at all or long after, says Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist in New York. During the winter months, put your moisturizer squarely in (yes, in) the shower so you can apply it directly to your damp skin before even steaming up. Another option is to opt for a special shower body lotion such as Nivea Under the Shower Body Lotion or Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer.
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Dermatologists recommend not to over exfoliate the skin in winter.
They don’t rub too much
Exfoliating dry skin improves the human appearance of your skin and makes it less “reptilian” in the short term. But exfoliating every day ends up irritating it to the point of making it drier, scaly, and itchy over time. If you only exfoliate your skin once a week and prevent irritation by washing it off with a creamy moisturizing soap before scrubbing, your skin will stay soft in the long run, Dr. Zeichner observes.
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Winter skin care: use sunscreen every day.
They put on sunscreen every day
“Sunscreen is a must in winter,” says Dr. Kim. Ultraviolet rays are present and can cause damage all year round, even on cloudy days. Snow also reflects UV rays (especially at altitude), so she advises to be very vigilant and protect yourself when practicing winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding.
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Winter skin care: pamper your lips.
They pamper their lips
Not to put on lip balm in winter is to live dangerously. Cold winds from outside and dry heat from inside can really ruin your lips’ natural protective barriers so that they no longer have the water they need to stay supple and soft (remember your lips lips do not have sebaceous glands that would allow them to stay hydrated). Something as rudimentary as petroleum jelly will provide you with a protective layer that is enough to protect and treat chapped lips. Also, avoid licking your lips, as enzymes in saliva can increase irritation and cause swelling and cracking, warns Dr. Jessica Weiser, a dermatologist in New York City.
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Dermatologists advise using an overnight mask on your face to protect your skin in winter.
They use a night mask
A night mask creates a permeable film on your face, allowing anything underneath to penetrate the skin better. You can apply other moisturizers (serum, oils) first and then cover it all with a thick layer of overnight mask – this will help the entire bottom layer to soak into the skin better.
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Protect your skin from rough fabrics like wool to avoid irritating it.
They protect their skin from rough tissue
A wool sweater may keep you warm, but wearing an item of clothing made of rough fibers directly on the body can irritate sensitive skin, warns David Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. To prevent friction, insert a soft cotton t-shirt that will form a protective barrier between your skin and the wool.
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Dermatologists advise eating plenty of fish and foods rich in Omega 3 to protect your skin during the winter.
They eat to fight dry skin
Fatty acids such as omega-3 are essential for supple skin, says Dr. Bank. If your diet is not getting enough, make sure you eat two servings of oily fish each week or take one omega-3 capsule every day.
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Using a humidifier during the winter will help protect your skin.
They’re all steaming up (figuratively speaking, of course)
Humidifiers have real cosmetic benefits, says Dr. Bank. “By saturating the air with moisture, they help soothe ailments that overwhelm the skin: dryness, itching, chapping.”