The cold, changing weather calls for extra care to your skin – your skin is seriously challenged this time of year. Get the wise dermatologist’s top tips for extra protection when it comes to avoiding dry and irritated skin.
Want to get rid of bloodshot cheeks, chapped lips and hair that break the cold? Then keep reading as some of the world's leading dermatologists share their best winter tips.
Turn down the heat. Several dermatologists recommend taking bath in no more than 10 minutes at a time and the water should be warm but not too hot. "When it's cold in the morning, a warm bath may feel good, but the hot water removes the natural oils from the skin, leaving it dehydrated and irritable", says dermatologist David Bank from New York.
Gentle cleaning. This winter's low humidity and abrupt shift in temperature between inside and outside is a rough test to the facial skin. If your skin is sensitive and irritated during winter season, dermatologists agree that you should use a mild cleanser without perfume or soap.
Put on an undershirt. "The most important advice dermatologists can give for skincare during winter is to moisturize properly", says Dr. Kathryn Bowers, who is president of the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology. Dress your skin in layers as if it was clothing; start on the inside with a plant-based face oil that protects and conserves moisture.
Fill up the moist depots. Another tip from dr. Kathryn Bowers is to apply oil and body lotion to skin within three minutes after you step out of the bath. It helps retaining moist in the top layer of skin. Moreover, you can protect the skin and boost its moisture level through ingredients such as Niacinamide (vitamin B3), Peptides, Antioxidants, Squalane and Hyaluronic.
Turn off the electric hair. Low humidity also leaves its marks on your hair, which turns dry and static electric. A nourishing hair treatment can be a good cure for unrestrained lures. Go for a hair treatment with Jojoba, Shea butter, Arganoil or Moroccanoil, leave it in up to an hour and follow up by washing the hair with shampoo. A brush with wooden or pig bristles also makes hair less electric than brushes of metal, nylon or plastic.
SOS to dry lips. If your lips peel and crack, try brushing them gently with a soft toothbrush and make a homemade night-mask of honey and olive oil, which are healing and nurturing. During the day you can try the American dermatologist Rita Pichardo Geisingers good advice: "If your lips fissures and cracks use lip care with sun protection, that gives you double-advantage of moist and protection."
Eat almonds. For dermatologist Doris Day from New York the first meal always includes almonds. "They contain essential fatty acids that slows the inflammation that leads to fine lines, sagging skin and redness", says the dermatologist. Fish oil also has a documented effect on skin flexibility, so indulge in Salmon, Tuna and Halibut, which are particularly oil-rich, as often as possible.