Cozying up by the fire, sipping hot chocolate and building snowmen are some of the idyllic winter wonders, but the harsh winds and dry air are anything but wonderful for your skin. For many, the transition from fall to winter can be seen and felt all over your face and hands. Fortunately, there are ways of tricking your skin into thinking the warmer months are upon us.
Read on to learn tips for taking care of your skin.
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Apply a Moisturizer
The obvious answer to dry skin is applying a moisturizer, but as you may have come to understand, all moisturizers were not made equal and what works in one season may not work in another. Allure’s Stephanie Saltzman recently spoke with top dermatologists Dr. Doris Day and Dr. Joshua Zeichner about the best moisturizers to soothe winter skin. Dr. Day advised, “Make sure you're using a cream, not a lotion. If you've been using a cream at night, make it twice a day and use it both morning and night.”
If you’ve been religiously applying cream to no avail, Dr. Zeichner explains that this may have something to do with the time of day you’re applying moisturizer and the ingredients. He says, “Studies have shown that moisturizing immediately after bathing is significantly better than not applying moisturizer at all or applying it long after showering.” So have that cream handy for when you step out of that steamy shower.
Use a Humidifier
A well-placed humidifier can do wonders for your skin as well as your sinuses. Dr. Macrene-Alexiades says a 50% humidity level is optimal. In a pinch if you don’t own a humidifier, you can always place a clean tray of water on top of your radiators to get a similar humidifying effect.
Lower the Shower Temp
We all know that a hot shower or bath can relax sore and tense muscles, but it’s not doing much for your skin. Hot steamy water will only manage to dehydrate your already dry skin. Dr. Frank explains why lowering the temp may help to keep your body’s natural oils intact, saying, “Water is not hydrating to your skin. It can be the enemy if you have dry skin. It’s the natural oils that you want.”
Eat Food High in Omega-3
And if you want to replenish or add to your skin’s natural oils, adding more fish and other foods high in omega-3’s will make a difference. Avoid things that dry the skin like caffeine and alcohol. Dr. Nicholas Perricone adds, “avoid sugary, starchy foods, which cause an inflammatory response in the body and exacerbate a host of skin problems from wrinkles to dry skin to acne, eczema, rosacea, etc.”
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