Although in South Florida we are super lucky and spoiled with beautiful weather during winter, many of us will travel up north to visit family and friends over the holidays. With falling temperatures comes crisp white snow, the smell of firewood burning, holiday lights, and dry, chapped skin. Coming in from the cold and facing blasting heat doesn't help, either. So what's the best way to keep your skin in top shape?
1. Ban the fragrance. Great smelling soaps mean dry, irritated skin. Look for body cleansers that are fragrance free and for sensitive skin, such as unscented Dove. For face, gentle cleansers like EltaMD foaming cleanser or Skinceuticals' foaming cleanser are excellent.
2. At night, a rich moisturizer for the face is key for maintaining the skin barrier. At Premier Dermatology, MD, we love Skinceuticals' triple lipid repair.
3. Repair: antioxidants and growth factors are essential. SkinMedica's TNS Essential Serum or Clark's Botanicals' Youth Serum both contain ingredients that help to repair and replenish damaged skin. Ask us about them at pdmd!
4. Turn down the heat - in the shower, that is. Hot water zaps moisture from skin. Better to take a cooler, shorter shower. When your skin is still damp from the shower, put on a moisturizing cream - not lotion. Again, no fragrance here either.
5. Special spots: slather Aquaphor on hands and feet before bedtime for extra moisturizing. Glycolic acid creams also help with extra thick rough patches.
6. Pay attention to clothing, to: avoid dryer sheets and make sure detergent is also fragrance free. Wool clothing can be irritating to skin.
7. Of course, remember that even though the weather is cool outside, the sun's rays are still strong. A broad spectrum sunscreen that is at least an SPF 30 and contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide needs to be applied every two hours when outdoors.
Keep your skin glowing all season long and happy holidays!