Drops in temperature, cool breezes, the falling of snow and crisp air can be a welcome and magical perk of the changing of seasons. If only winter was always a wonderland for our skin too. Dissipating humidity and warmth in the air can leave skin feeling dull, dry and prone to irritation. THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology knows the challenges this poses to our patients. Maintaining healthy and hydrated skin can be achieved with simple winter skincare that includes dermatologist tips for nourished skin in cold months. 

The foundation of healthy skin is adequate hydration. Winter tends to make us forget to drink enough water, but staying hydrated is crucial for healthy skin. Dermatologists recommend drinking plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin cells well-hydrated from the inside out. Herbal teas and warm water with a slice of lemon are excellent options to start the day and stay warm while supporting your skin’s hydration. In addition to hydrating your body from the inside out, be aware of your indoor environment. While you may not have control over the elements outside, indoor heating systems tend to contribute to a dry living space. Combat moisture loss with a humidifier that keeps moisture in your skin locked in. 

Your morning and evening skincare routine may need to be switched up a bit during the colder months. Opt for a gentle, hydrating cleanser during the winter months. Harsh cleansers can strip the skin of its natural oils, leading to increased dryness and irritation. Dermatologists recommend cleansing the face no more than twice a day, using lukewarm water instead of hot and patting the skin dry rather than rubbing. Switching to a richer, more emollient moisturizer during the winter is vital. Look for products containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin and ceramides, which help to lock in moisture and repair the skin barrier. Dermatologists often recommend applying moisturizer immediately after cleansing to seal in hydration. Treat your skin to a weekly hydration boost with moisturizing masks. Look for masks containing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and vitamin E. These ingredients help replenish moisture levels and soothe dry, irritated skin. 

Depending on where you live, winter conditions may be harsher for some than others. Wear protective clothing that shields the skin from cold, wind and sun. Continue to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen even in the winter months as harmful UV rays still come out to play; in fact, sunlight can reflect off snow intensifying radiation exposure. 
Radiant and resilient skin can still be achieved in colder months as you await the return of spring and summer. While the dermatologist tips for nourished skin in cold months outlined here should keep skin supple and soft, if you find your skin is not responding well despite your best efforts, make an appointment with THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology for deeper hydration treatments to avoid any cracking or peeling of your skin. Call 602-867-7546 or visit WEBSITE for a full list of services available as well as winter specials that will exfoliate dead skin cells revealing rejuvenated skin.