It may not seem like it at times, but winter does in fact come to South Florida. Even though it doesn’t look or feel like Minnesota or Chicago, temperatures drop and air dries up, and through it all the sun keeps on shining. The changes that come with winter can also cause unwanted changes to your skin if you don’t prepare and adjust your skin care regimen accordingly.
Between now and springtime, whether you are here in Miami or somewhere a bit chillier, keep in mind these three essential skincare tips for cold weather:
- Keep Your Skin Moisturized
If you don’t already moisturize after bathing, start now. The colder and drier air, heavy winds and indoor heating dehydrates your epidermis, causing the outer layer to crack. Excessive dryness may also lead to painful cuts and sores on your hands or feet during the winter. 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.
Apply a heavy body lotion or cream all over your entire body. Go fragrance-free if you suffer from skin sensitivities, such as rosacea or body acne. For the face, neck and chest area, use an anti-aging heavy moisturizer that adds hydration and fights wrinkles. Body oils can also promote skin hydration, but shouldn’t be used on areas prone to breakouts or inflammation.
Your lips and hair are also prone to winter’s harsh effects, so don’t forget to take care of them too. 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.
- Stay Hydrated
While moisturizer can help your skin from drying out, the hydration required for healthy skin should also come in its original, natural, and vital form: water.
Your skin, like your body, is mostly water. When dehydrated, skin cells don’t function properly and lead to drying, flaking and overall tightness. Nutritionists and doctors recommend individuals drink at least 64-oz – or 8 glasses – of water per day. But the dryness winter brings should cause you to focus even more on making sure you consume enough water. Up your water intake during the winter months by replacing sodas and juices with fresh, filtered water. Since alcohol causes further dehydration (among many other health issues), keep an eye on your booze intake during the holiday season and throughout the winter.
- Keep the Sunblock Handy
You may not be lounging on the beach as much as you do during the summer, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be outside a bunch. The sun shines strong here in Florida throughout the year, so sunscreen can be as indispensable in the winter as it is in the summer.
During the winter and throughout the year, Dr. Mariano Busso can help you keep your skin hydrated and healthy. For more information on cold weather skin care or to book your next cosmetic dermatology appointment in Miami, contact us at 305-857-0144.