It’s hard to believe, but winter is just around the corner. Although, our fall and winter seasons here in Northern California are milder than most, cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air, which takes away precious moisture from your skin. It’s time to think about adjusting your skincare routine so you can feel and look your best all season long. Here are some of our cold weather winter skin care tips:
Maximize Moisture in Your Skin with a Humidifier
With many of us working from home these days, it’s a good idea to run a humidifier in the room where you spend most of your time. On colder days, we are starting to use our heater, which can result in major skin dehydration.
The humidifier will add much needed moisture back to the air and your skin! The humidifier can also help circulate the air and might even reduce the risk of COVID-19. Temperature and humidity affect the survival of the viral particles.
A recent Lancet Study found that at 39 degrees Fahrenheit the virus lasted up to two weeks in a test tube. When the temperature was turned up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit, its lifespan dropped to one day. Having living plants in your house also allows more humidity inside.
How Hydration and Nutrition Affect Your Skin
Stay hydrated and eat right. This goes without saying! Make sure to drink plenty of water and incorporate foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids into your diet, like flaxseed oil and fish.
Do You Need Sunscreen in The Winter?
Apply sunscreen – Yes, you read that right! Applying sunscreen in the fall and winter is just as important as in the summer. Even during those cloudy days, ultraviolet rays still break through the clouds and cause sun damage.
Make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to all exposed areas of the body. Ask us about our La Bella Vita sunscreen that is light enough to be worn under and over makeup!
Hot Showers Are NOT Good For Your Skin
Limit hot shower time – A long, hot shower may sound soothing when it’s cold outside, but hot water strips our skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and parched. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests taking a lukewarm shower for 5-10 minutes, which is much less irritating to the skin.
Moisturizer Is Critical For Winter Skincare
Areas like hands, feet, elbows and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas of the body. Apply a deep moisturizer at night if you notice the cold, dry air starting to take a toll on your skin.
Don’t forget to apply a rich moisturizer on your face at night to help combat the dryness and keep your skin glowing all season long. Ask us about what products we carry and recommend during these colder months.
Dr. Turnure and his staff are here to help keep your skin healthy and beautiful during the winter months. Take your pick!
- Laser skin treatments including laser hair removal and skin resurfacing