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Winter Skin Care: Keep Your Skin Healthy Through the Cold, Dry Weather

Winter Skin Care: Keep Your Skin Healthy Through the Cold, Dry Weather

When cold, dry winter weather sets in, it can mean a long, hard season for your skin. Does your skin get dry, chapped, cracked, or reddened during the winter months? Do you long for the start of spring, just to heal your skin?

With these professional winter skin care tips and tricks, you can enjoy your skin in all seasons! Holiday photos, parties, and events? No problem, you’ll be dewy, fresh-faced, and glowing. At Dermatology Associates of Central New Jersey, our team can advise you on the exact right skin care routine for you.

Here are some of the top suggestions that our experienced dermatologists give to the satisfied patients we treat from our Old Bridge, Freehold, and Union, New Jersey, locations. Could you benefit from a consultation with our skin care team before the onset of winter this year for personalized guidance and advice?

Maintaining moisture in winter weather

One of the hardest parts of winter months on your skin is the change in the amount of moisture available in the air. As it gets colder, the air also gets drier. You might notice that your hair and even your eyes feel dry in the wintertime, in addition to your skin.

Many people struggle with increased dryness, chapping, flaking, and scaly skin patches, especially in areas of your skin that are exposed to the stressors of the weather.

Modifying your environment

You can take steps to make your environment a space of respite and recovery for skin battered by winter weather. An indoor humidifier works wonders to restore moisture to your skin! And, keeping your thermostat at a reasonable temperature, not too high, benefits both your skin, your electric bill, and the environment as a whole.

Taking care with water

Frequent cleansing with warm water actually strips oils and moisture from your skin. That’s why your hands feel so dry after frequent washing. We’re not saying you shouldn’t stay clean. Just pay attention to sealing moisture into your skin after water exposure.

Hand and body lotion are your wintertime best friends. Apply moisturizer right after drying each time you wash. It can also help to avoid super-hot water, and to pat your skin dry after you get wet, instead of using a rubbing motion.

Your winter skin care routine

Your provider at Dermatology Associates of Central New Jersey works out a moisturizing routine that will work for your skin’s seasonal needs. While moisturization is always an important part of skin care, in the winter, it becomes absolutely essential.

You might also need to scale back on products with drying effects, including some scented products and products containing alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), alcohol, and retinoids. And, ask your provider about our revolutionary HydraFacial® procedure to optimize moisture and restore damaged skin

Finally, keep using sunscreen!

You might think that short, chilly days wouldn’t pose much of a risk when it comes to sun damage to your skin. But, if so, you’d be wrong! Snowfall can even intensify the harmful effects of the sun’s rays on your skin.

That’s why, all through the winter, you should keep up with your sunscreen routine. As the Skin Cancer Foundation notes, your risk of skin cancer continues all winter long. You can protect yourself with a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

To learn more about the best ways for you to protect and support your skin during the colder times of the year, contact the team at Dermatology Associates of Central New Jersey. Request your appointment online now, or give us a call to schedule your initial consultation.

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