When winter approaches, you will commonly hear about blizzard warnings. While it is important to avoid blizzards, winter can actually bring some other unwanted problems, such as dry skin. If you are trying to keep your skin hydrated and beautiful, your worst enemies are low humidity and cold air, and unfortunately, winter likes to bring both. Many people do not realize that cold weather actually has an even greater impact as you age. For example, it is particularly harsh on individuals over 50. Fortunately, there are several tips that you can use to protect your skin from cold weather.
Visit a Specialist
If you decide to go to the local store to purchase products that will protect your skin during winter, there is a good chance that you will have a hard time finding anyone who can actually give you good advice. Seeing our specialist, Dr. Spurlin, is an excellent way to protect your skin against winter.
Dr. Spurlin has the training required to analyze and determine your exact skin type. You will also be able to find out if your current skin regimen needs some adjustment. Many people believe that a specialist will recommend very expensive products, but not all do. The truth is that he or she will only recommend products that you can really benefit from. Many inexpensive products can work just as well as the expensive products.
Another way to protect your skin during the winter involves moisturizing. You will want to choose an ointment moisturizer that is oil based, as opposed to using water-based products. The oil is important because it will provide your skin with a protective layer of oil. The layer of oil will enable your skin to retain more moisture.
It’s important to carefully choose the products that you use because not all oil products can be used on your face. You should try to find products that will not clog your pores, such as almond oil, primrose oil or mineral oil.
Wear More Sunscreen
While sunscreen is very important during summer, some would argue that it is even more important during winter. Snow glare and winter sun can be a bad combination for your skin. You should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen for optimal skin protection. It is best to apply the sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you go outside.
Get a Humidifier
Another great way to protect your skin during winter is to purchase and begin using a humidifier. Many heating systems don’t have this capability built into them, so you should purchase a portable humidifier and place it in your bedroom. It will add moisture to the air and prevent your skin from drying out. The machine should be set for about 30 to 50 percent humidity.
Vitamin C is another great way to protect your skin during winter. You can get Vitamin C from supplements or food. Vitamin C will increase natural collagen production, and the collagen will help to protect your skin from winter.
At Pinnacle Dermatology, Dr. Spurlin and our team provide resources to our patients to teach them how to take care of their skin. If you still have any questions after looking at the resources please feel free to contact us today to schedule a consultation.