Baby It's Cold Outside - Winter Skin Wisdom
Nov 27, 2013 - 1:17:08 PM
According to Jwala Karnik, M.D., from Suneva Medical, Santa Barbara, CA, "When the seasons change, so do your skin's needs. Cold, dry winter air and central heating can deplete the skin's moisture and hydration levels. When that happens, epidermal cells lose their ability to function as a protective barrier. They flatten and flake causing disruption in the skin's barrier function causing dry, dull, itchy, tight skin. You can fight the effects of winter by repairing that barrier and sealing in moisture with not just emollients, but also humectants like hyaluronic acid."
On top of your list should be ditching long, hot showers, adding a humidifier at bedtime, and trading up to more emollient skin care products to keep moisture in where your skin needs it. Pay special attention to lips, hands, and nails because they get so much daily exposure to frigid winds.
Karnick continues, "Nighttime is a perfect time to accelerate the natural repair and healing process with a product like ReGenica® Overnight Repair, which rejuvenates skin while you sleep. Keep skin healthy during the day by using mild cleansers that won't strip your skin and don't forget the sunscreen. Even on cloudy winter days, UV rays that can cause photodamage and skin cancer are still present."
Staying on top of winter's effects on your skin is all about barrier protection. As New York Dermatologist Kenneth Mark says, "The overall key is to realize that the air from both the heat cranking inside and the wind from the outside from wind is much drier in the winter as such, that it wants to suck moisture from the surface of our skin. Do not forget the benefits of physical barrier protection. For example, for your hands, wear gloves to prevent cracking fingertips and a mask for face if exposed to the elements."
Dry skin also brings peeling and chapped lips that can split in the cold. Use an soothing lip balm with an SPF for daytime use. ChapStick® Moisturizer Hydration Lock delivers eight hours of extra moisture, which makes it perfect to wear at bedtime. Miami Dermatologist Heather Woolery-Lloyd also recommends using a hand cream several times a day. "Apply hand lotion after washing your hands and before putting on gloves. Also, be sure to carry some lotion or hand cream in your purse with you to use whenever your hands could use a little added moisture. This way you can avoid dry, cracked skin on your hands," she says.
When it comes to moisturizing dry skin of the body, look for specific ingredients that are known to work for even the most compromised skin. Ceramides, synthetic ceramides, and hyaluronic acid help skin retain water and soothe dry skin. Dimethicone and glycerin also draw moisture to the skin. Lanolin, mineral, and petrolatum also help skin hold on to the water absorbed during bathing. Keep skin soft and supple this winter by using AmLactin® CerapeuticTM Restoring Body Lotion to gently exfoliate, with ceramides that help to strengthen the skin's protective moisture barrier. Use it twice daily for best results.
Wendy Lewis is President of Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd Global Aesthetics Consultancy, author of 11 books and Founder/Editor in Chief of http://www.beautyinthebag.com
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