5 ways to prepare skin for winter

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:06:45 AM. What to do now to prepare your skin for winter.
Cooler weather is threatening to take over our next few months. So it’s time to defend skin from the moisture-sucking air of winter. What can you do now to keep skin healthy as winter approaches? We asked the experts. Cool it on the super-hot water. Limit exposure to very cold or very hot water, which can dry out the skin, said Dr. Vesna Petronic-Rosic, chief of the ’s Section of Dermatology. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Especially after washing your hands or taking a shower, moisturize right away with heavy moisturizer, says Petronic-Rosic. “Best are those that if you put in your palm of your hand and you flip your hand, that they won’t drip off,” she said. “If they trickle down or drip, they’re not heavy enough.” Barrier creams will last a little longer through several washes, she said. Dr. Carolyn Jacob, dermatologist and director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, suggests cleansers and moisturizers with ceramides, like CeraVe cleanser or lotion. These products, she said, replenish natural moisturizing depleted by eczema-prone skin or dry, cold weather. Easy does it. Rethink how often you consider harsher treatments like peels, which can leave skin dry and sensitive in the cold weather. Scrubs? “Definitely not,” said Petronic-Rosic. “Anything that basically degreases the skin is not a good idea.” Other things to stock up on? Gentle soap, nothing harsh. Petronic-Rosic recommends brands like Dove or Cetaphil, which has a hypoallergenic Gentle Cleansing Bar....Read more
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