Winter weather is not just uncomfortable, it’s downright damaging. Your skin reacts to the elements. Just as you get a sunburn from failing to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen in the summertime, facing the cold without protection can damage skin. Most notably, cold weather lacks moisture – a necessary component of skin elasticity, wrinkle-prevention and overall comfort.
Follow these easy prevention tips to minimize winter skin damage:
Apply a Heavy Moisturizer
Hydrating your skin with topical creams is important regardless of what the thermostat says. But, if your routine is already lacking a moisturizing cream, prepare yourself for rough, flaky itchy skin until March. The outdoor air, heavy winds and indoor heating dehydrates your epidermis, allowing the outer layer to crack. You might even suffer from painful cuts and sores on your hands or feet during the winter due to excessive dryness. Using a heavy-duty moisturizer in the winter will continue your fight against fine lines and wrinkles while keeping skin smooth despite the dry air. For extra dry skin prevention, use a soap-free cleanser with a built-in moisturizer on both your face and body. Don’t forget about your lips and hair, either. Lip balm and petroleum jelly can keep the sensitive skin on your lips from chapping while hair oils and deep conditioning treatments fight frizz and breakage.
Say goodbye to midriff baring crop tops and your daisy dukes – at least for the next few months. It’s important to cover your skin entirely when the temperature drops. Bare skin is more susceptible to cold, dry air, so cover your arms and legs with long sleeve shirts and pants. Protect your hair and scalp with a scarf or hat. Clothing combined with your moisturizer provides a double barrier against the harsh winter weather.
Individuals suffering with sensitive skin or rosacea can benefit from eliminating added fragrances to their beauty routine. Opt for all-natural soaps and body creams free of fragrance oils on sensitive skin through the cold winter months. Those without pre-existing skin conditions can still use their favorite smelling beauty products. But, minimize use at the first sign of irritation or redness. While these might hydrate your skin and leave you smelling fresh the rest of the year, your skin is particularly sensitive when temperatures are low.
Regular exfoliation helps rid the skin surface of flakes, bumps and dullness caused by dead cells. Despite the dreary winter weather, you can still achieve a summer-like glow with regular exfoliation. Exfoderm is an Obagi Nu-Derm System product available at Dr. Busso’s office. This gentle exfoliator helps patients brighten their complexion while minimizing flakiness. For a more thorough exfoliation, consider a Miami microdermabrasion treatment. Microdermabrasion rejuvenates the skin by gently scrubbing the outer layer, leaving patients with a refreshed and radiant appearance.
We understand how winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin, and our goal is to help you look your best all year long. To schedule a microdermabrasion treatment in Miami or inquire about exfoliating products available at Dr. Busso’s office, contact us at 305-857-0144.