Just like you drink lots of water to stay hydrated in the summer heat, you also need to keep your skin hydrated and healthy throughout the winter. As you know, I love to ski and play outdoors all winter long. I've gone to the experts to get the best winter skin tips.
"Your skin is your largest organ, so you need to provide it with nourishment, both inside and out," says Dr. Mona Gohara, Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale University Department of Dermatology. "Winter is tough enough as it is—you don't want to add dry, itchy, red skin and discomfort to the mix."
Check out Dr. Gohara's top five tips and product picks to help you get through the harsh, cold winter months with ease!
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Winter Skin Tips to Keep Your Skin Looking Young
- Be gentle."Avoid using anything abrasive on your skin in the shower, like a loofah. Instead, use a soft cloth with a soap-free foaming cleaner, such as Mustela Stelatopia Cream Cleanser, which gently cleanses without drying," says Dr. Gohara. "This also applies to your clothes. During the winter, try to wear cotton instead of wool, which is rough and can irritate the skin."
- Maximize your minutes."Make sure you use a body lotion (preferably one that contains glycerine or vegetable oil) within three to five minutes after getting out of the shower," says Dr. Gohara. "The ambient heat will help seal in more moisture."
- Don't forget the SPF!"It may not be beach weather, but you still need to wear sunscreen. Not only do UV rays reflect off snow as much as they do sand, but even indoor lighting can lead to melasma, a skin condition that causes patchy, uneven skin," she says. "Use a mineral-based sunscreen with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. I like Mustela Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Mineral Sunscreen Lotion."
- Turn it inside out."What you put IN your body is just as important as what you put ON it," says Dr. Gohara. "Continue to eat some of your favorite summer foods, like salmon and avocado, which contain healthy fats that can help add moisture."
- Pack portable protection."It's crucial that you protect your skin from the elements, especially during the winter," she says. "As soon as your skin is exposed, you risk redness created by windburn or eczema. Look for products that contain vegetable oils, which can replace the skin barrier. I love Mustela's Hydra-Stick with Cold Cream with Nutri-protective because it's non-irritating and totally portable."
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