Winter Skin Care Tips From The Experts

Posted on Jan 10 2014 - 10:38am by Elizabeth Rago

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Stubborn skin seems to be amplified by the cold elements of winter, but taking a proactive approach to skin care instead of panicking when your skin is in distress will put your mind at ease and take you through the season, hopefully, with the least amount of stress on the skin as possible. Home remedies for acne and troubleshooting can only take your skin concerns so far, and then it’s best to call in the pros. Here are some winter skin care tips from the experts based on common skin care concerns:

1. Cold Weather Problem: Dry skin – Exposure to harsh winter conditions combined with the stripping of natural oils every time you take a hot shower, dry skin is inevitable if you never replenish this loss of moisture.

Solutions for extremely dry skin:“Take a tepid shower, and apply treatment products and moisturizers within 2 minutes of patting yourself dry,” says Annet King, Director of Global Education for Dermalogica. Next, create a barrier between your skin and the cold air with mittens, gloves, a scarf, and hat. If your moisturizer is not helping and your skin continues to itch and have an ashy complexion, exfoliation is in order. “Clinging dead skin cells trap dirt and oil in the pores causing blackheads and whiteheads, especially in the t-zone,” says Thrive Med Spa. “After a microdermabrasion, blackheads and whiteheads are easily removed with extractions.”

2. Cold Weather Problem – Rosacea- The National Rosacea Society defines the skin condition as a “chronic and potentially life-disruptive disorder primarily of the facial skin, often characterized by flare-ups and remissions.” What triggers rosacea differs from person to person, but extreme exposure to the elements does cause redness and sometimes intense irritation, pimples, bumps and visible blood vessels.

Solution for rosacea flare-ups: The National Rosacea Society recommends laser treatment, intense pulsed light sources, and other medical and surgical procedures to be an appropriate solution to curb redness and nose disfigurement associated with rosacea. Thrive Med Spa offers a non-invasive laser procedure called Laser Genesis Rosacea Repair that increases collagen production and diminishes webbed capillaries associated with rosacea.

3. Cold Weather Problem: Dry air – As the humidity level decreases with the dropping of the thermostat, dry air draws moisture from the skin, leaving the dermis itchy and cracked.

Solution to increase the humidity in your home: Venta, a leading brand in dual-functioning humidifiers and air purifiers says humidifiers should work in harmony with heating units to properly rehydrate the air, eliminate dust, and allergens.

4. Cold Weather Problem: Forgetting the SPF – Sunscreen is not observed merely for the hot summer sun. The American Academy of Dermatology states, “many people don’t realize they are at risk for skin cancer in the winter, especially if they are around snow or at a higher elevation.”

Solution for protecting your skin from sun damage: In addition to selecting a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater with broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection, wear a mask or bandana while participating in outdoor sports, especially at high altitudes. These barriers will further protect your skin from the sunrays.

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Hopefully, this expert advice will prevent you from having too much trouble with your skin this season and give you more time to spend making memories amid snow forts, outdoor sports, seasonal events, and holiday get-togethers.

About the Author

Elizabeth Rago is a freelance writer specializing in health, wellness, and women’s lifestyle content, working with yoga studios, chiropractors, mental health, and wellness practitioners. Elizabeth writes the weekly column, The Circular Home for Chicago Shopping (an editorial partner of the Chicago Tribune) and is Senior Editor of All Things Girl, highlighting topics related to the modern domestic woman. She has been published in Mamalode Magazine, and Connect with Elizabeth on Twitter, LinkedIn, Houzz and Google+.