Keeping Skin Healthy In Winter

Winter Skin 

This past winter has been pretty harsh on all my patients.  The newer, most common worry among many of my patients was either how quickly they could dig their cars out of the snow, or how safe they would be while driving.  With those important issues being on everyone’s minds, keeping one’s skin healthy and glowing tends to be the last thing everyone thinks about.  However, epidermal health is particularly important even during the winter.  Because of the coldness of the surrounding air (particularly in Maine), the top level of your skin dries out more quickly, making your skin texture rough and itchy. 

There are two steps to combat this rough winter skin, no matter how cold it gets:

  1. Exfoliate on a regular basis, at least once a week and even up to three times a week for people with very dry skin.
  2. Moisturize.  When older dry skin is exfoliated regularly, moisturizers are absorbed more easily treating and preventing dryness.

As the weather gets colder and humidity gets lower, water becomes even more important to your skin’s health.  Hence, you need to drink more water in the winter.  Also, increasing external humidity will help greatly, especially using a humidifier in your bedroom at night. 

Finally, the sun can still damage your skin in the winter, whether you’re outside or while driving.  It is therefore important that you wear your facial sunblock every day and reapply it if you are going to be outside for prolonged periods of time such as while skiing or snowmobiling. 

Using these techniques, your skin will feel smoother and less itchy.  You will look better and prevent future damage.  As always, our website carries all the dermatologist-developed products I recommend.  Feel free to check these products out for yourself, and be sure to contact our offices with any questions you may have.

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