Everyone loves The Winter Holidays and the spirit they bring with them, especially in New York City. Unfortunately, this time of year also brings dry cold air. When the temperature starts to drop we break out the winter clothes to get warm. The one part of our bodies that tends to get ignored during this time is our face and our lips.
Scarves that cover our faces from the cold can help a little, but covering our face and lips is not the only thing we should be doing during wintertime to prevent lack of moisture.
According to Dr. Matthew Schulman of Schulman Plastic Surgery NYC the lack of moisture in the air dehydrates our healthy skin causing it to crack and lips become chapped. Itchy skin and irritated skin are two other common occurrences in the cold winter months. Along with dry skin come wrinkles and fine lines causing people to look older than they are. You must beware that it’s not just the cold air outside that damages our skin but the dry heat inside the house can dehydrate us as well. How can you prevent these issues and maintain healthy winter skin all through the cold months? Are there any winter skin care homemade tips?
Skin Care Tips
1. Place a bowl of cold water or hot water in front of your heater- This will keep moisture in the air while your heater is running and keep your skin from drying out.
2. Lotion up- When it comes to skin care tips for winter, this is one of the most important. Whether you are coming in from outside, getting out of the shower or sitting on the couch make sure to always put lotion on, this is key for your skin health. The cold weather exacerbate problems with dead skin cells, lotion and lip balm will help hydrate your dry skin.
3. Bundle up- Make sure to put on extra layers. Whether you are in the house or leaving the house that extra layer will help your body naturally heat itself, which keeps in moisture.
Lip Care Tips
When thinking about our face one of the most important factors that tend to get over looked is our lips. Most people either go without anything or think that their everyday lipstick helps when in reality it doesn’t. Having chapped lips is like eating a sand salad. It hurts to rub your lips together and does not look appealing.
The best thing we can do for our lips during this time is to lather up. Always have Chap Stick in your purse or pocket to help keep those lips stay luscious and smooth. The best chap sticks will have shea butter or coconut oil in them and Chap Stick Brand moisturizers work wonders as well. This helps keep your skin hydrated during those cold winter months.
One quick fix tip to help keep those lips moisturized is to exfoliate and lock in moisture. This is done at night after you have washed your face for bed. First take a tsp. of sugar mixed with oil and rub on your lips. The grainy sugar will help remove excess skin on the lips. Then apply a tsp. of honey onto your lips and let sit over night. In the morning you will wake up to moisture locked lips.
Medical Grade Skin
Everyone has their own unique skin so it’s imperative to keep it healthy and happy through daily and nightly skin regimens. Guarding against dry skin in the winter is a struggle that most understand quite well. The cold weather is particularly hard on our skin. Medical grade skin care products, such as the one I am launching this year, have higher quality ingredients than store bought brands, giving your skin the extra love it needs all year long. Additional monthly, quarterly or bi-yearly treatments such as facials, microdermabrasion and chemical peels could also be incorporated to your skin regime.
Individuals looking to maximize a rejuvenated appearance by tightening the skin on the face may want to consider Reaction by Viora. People in their 50’s who want to decrease the signs of aging may want to take additional steps to achieve skin rejuvenation if deemed appropriate by a plastic surgeon.
Additional procedures to help diminish lines and wrinkles include facelift, chin liposuction and eyelid surgery. These procedures can also help tighten sagging skin.
Questions and Answers
What is the best skin care routine for winter?
Follow these steps for perfectly hydrated and nourished skin.
- Double cleansing.
- A hydrating serum.
- Daily moisturizer.
- Use a Humidifier to Keep Skin Moisturized.
- Have plenty of water.
- Eat Some Dark Chocolate.
- Drink Tea.
What moisturizer to use in winter?
Winter is a difficult time for all of us, but it is especially hard on those with sensitive skin. The skin barrier is under incredible stress in the winter. Our skin’s natural oils are powerful, but sometimes they need a little help. We are always looking for winter skin care tips. Nivea cream is renowned for its exceptional moisturizing properties, making it the ultimate solution for winter dryness. Its ultra-nourishing formula keeps skin healthy and effectively prevents moisture loss.
How can I hydrate my skin in winter?
Use a thick cream or ointment on your face or body right after bathing for optimal moisturizing. Look for solid ointments and check for beneficial ingredients such as urea, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid in your skincare products.
Why does my skin look so bad in the winter?
Chilly weather and low humidity create dry air that depletes skin moisture. Harsh winter winds and indoor heating exacerbate this, causing skin issues like cracks and even bleeding. These are classic examples of what we find with dry winter skin. Natural oils in our body help but they are often not enough to keep us with nice and healthy skin. Conditions like eczema and psoriasis can worsen in these cold, dry months.
Contact Our Office
For more information on medical grade skin care or skin regimen tips please feel free to contact Schulman Plastic Surgery New York City office today.