Tips on caring for your skin

In many parts of the country, the winter months bring harsh temperatures, wet weather, and cold wind. It can all be rough on the skin, and to make it even worse, when you do get inside, you are surrounded by hot, dry air that isn’t so good for skin, either. Winter conditions mean you should take special care of your skin – not only to keep it beautiful, but to make sure you are comfortable! Read on for some tips on caring for your skin.

  1. Wear sunscreen

It may seem like you don’t need sunscreen on a cloudy, yucky day, but the sun’s UV rays are still hitting your skin, even through the clouds. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, no matter what it looks like outside.

  1. Fight the dry conditions

In the winter especially, washing hands often can make skin dry, cracked, and painful. Use a hand cream or ointment after every time you wash your hands; these work better than lotion, which tends to be less thick and not very protective.

If your home or office is extremely dry because of the heating system, invest in a humidifier, which not only will help protect your skin and keep you comfortable but can also help you to breathe easier.

  1. Update your facial care routine

The changes that winter brings to the weather mean you have to make some changes in your cleansing routine. Watch out for products that dry out skin, such as astringents. Use a cream based cleanser to wash your face and a moisturizer at night.

  1. Stay away from hot showers and baths

It seems the most natural thing to do on a cold day is to come home and take a hot bath or shower. However, hot water strips natural oils from the skin. Use a moisturizer after a warm shower, to prevent that dry, itchy feeling.

For a more comfortable and pleasant winter, take a few extra minutes to take care of your skin. If you have questions about skin care or damaged skin, Katayoun Motlagh, MD, in Palmdale, is a skin-care specialist. Call (661) 947-6400 to make an appointment today!

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