Winter time can be hard on our skin. The cold temperatures and biting winds can lead to dry, chapped, irritated skin that becomes flaky and hard to manage. The lack of sun can make those of us who are pale look even paler. These changes in our skins texture and appearance that happen with the seasons are normal and to be expected. Patients in Northern Virginia can take extra steps in the winter to ensure their skin stays healthy and looking its best.
Evaluate Your Products
The skin care routine you use in the summer might not be appropriate in the drier winter. Use less exfoliants- they can be very drying. Limit yourself to once or twice a week instead of daily use. Use a skin care system designed to moisturize skin, especially if your skin is naturally dry. Our office has an excellent selection of skin care from EltaMD and SkinCeuticals, so give us a call if you need a product recommendation.
This is important all year, but its most important for your skin in the winter. Drinking plenty of water will help your skin from drying out and becoming chapped or cracked. For exterior hydration, keep a humidifier in your home to combat the effects of drying central heating.
Keep That Sunscreen On
Just because its colder doesnt mean the sun isnt working its magic on your face. The dangerous UV rays that are emitted by the sun affect you no matter what the season. Use a moisturizer or a makeup with an SPF so you dont have to add an extra step in your routine.
Avoid Hot Water and Moisturize
Taking a hot shower will strip your skin of its natural oils, making it drier when you get out of the bath. Use lukewarm water and keep your showers short. Once you get out of the shower, apply moisturizer to your face and body while your skin is still damp. This will help seal in the moisture.
Watch Your Clothes
Always remove wet clothes from rain or snow as soon as you can- they can cause irritation and chaffing of the skin. Also, dress in layers instead of one layer of thick, bulky clothes. Overheating caused by clothing choices can cause your skin to become itchy and irritated.
If youve already had plastic surgery in Northern Virginia, follow all the post-operative guidelines given to you by your surgeon for your skin care. If the winter conditions are making you uncomfortable or interfering somehow with your recovery, call our office at (703) 574-2588.