winter skin saving tips for a healthy, radiant complexion

Winter Skin Saving Tips for a Healthy, Radiant Complexion

Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, leading dermatologists and authors of the Amazon Bestseller, “Write Your Skin a Prescription for Change,”share their insider tips on how to “winterize” your skin so it looks fresh, hydrated and healthy in the cold, dry, harsh winter months.

Ø Hydrate Your Skin From the Outside In: As the weather gets crisper and drier, you may want to switch to a heavier moisturizer and eye cream to keep skin well hydrated. Since it’s the outside humidity that determines how dry your skin is – not how much water you consume – if you’re feeling dry, slather on that moisturizer. And since the humidity in your house should kept at 50%, remember to turn on the humidifier.

Ø Take Warm, Not Hot Showers: Although you may be tempted to take long, hot showers to ward of that winter chill, avoid them; they actually draw moisture out of your skin and make you itchy. Instead, go for tepid, quick showers. And try switching to a moisturizing body wash. Follow this up by applying a heavy moisturizer to damp skin after bathing or showering to seal in extra moisture.

Ø Remember Everyday is “Sun”day. Just because summer is over, don’t let your guard down in terms of the sun. Protect skin with a broad-spectrum sunblock containing zinc oxide, avobenzone or mexoryl every day of the year, even when you can’t see the sun. And be particularly diligent if you’re on the slopes. UV radiation increases 10%-12% for every 3000 feet of elevation.

Ø Stay Kissable: Carry a lip balm with sunscreen (look for one with shea butter) with you at all times and apply generously throughout the day. Use a gentle exfoliator at night and before bed to remove dead skin cells. And try to avoid licking your lips and breathing through your mouth while you sleep; both can severely dry.

Ø Don’t Forget Your Hands & Feet: Like us, you probably tend to ignore your hands and feet, but they can be dramatically affected by cold, moist air. So to keep them looking and feeling their best, make sure you protect them from the elements by covering up. But immediately remove socks and gloves once they get wet. The moisture can cause dryness and cracking and possibly lead to a fungal infection. A great trick is to blow dry your feet, paying particular attention to the area between your toes. You may also want to pare away the dead skin with a pumice stone or consider adding a microdermabrasion paste to your routine. It can help stimulate exfoliation, while leaving behind a protective film. And with cold and flu season in full swing, you probably find yourself washing your hands more often than usual. Just remember to apply a heavy cream to hands after every wash.

Ø Avoid the Frizzies: To combat seasonal hair woes – static electricity, dandruff, spit ends and the frizzies - wash hair less frequently, switch to a rich, heavy moisturizer, limit the use of your blow dryer, and decrease the setting of your flat iron.

Ø Think Cotton: Fabrics made of wool or synthetics increase perspiration and can be irritating, especially to dry skin. Instead opt for clothing made of cotton, especially the layers closest to your skin.

Stanford-university trained dermatologists, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields are great at taking complex dermatological issues and making them more understandable.


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