In the immortal words of the Stark Family, Winter is Coming. Those of us in New York are probably more aware of this than almost anywhere else in the country. Minnesota and Maine? We see you and bow to your fortitude. As the cold weather starts to set in, we know that it’s critical to take good care of our skin. If you don’t take steps to keep the cold winter air at bay, it’ll leave your skin dry, chapped, and wrinkled. If you can’t get away to the warmth this winter, these tips will help protect you as the cold sets in.
Why Winter Air Is So Harsh, And How To Protect Our Skin
Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Cold air is dry. Dry like your mother-in-law’s Thanksgiving turkey dry. Dry like your Uncle Harry’s humor dry. Dry like… Well, you get our point. One thing that dry air likes to do just about more than anything else is gathering moisture. This has some important implications for the weather system. All it means for our skin is dry, flaky misery. Want to avoid the vampire of youth that is the winter air? Try these tips:
- Use sunscreen – This advice is good for any time of year. You’ve probably noticed that the majority of sunscreens contain moisturizers. That’s because the sun likes to dry out your skin. It may not be hot out during the winter, but that cold winter sun is still cooking your epidermis. Wearing sunscreen prevents you from getting sunburned and deflects cancer-causing UV light. The extra moisturizer it contains is going to fend off the drying effect of cold air too!
- Dress Thoroughly – While it may seem obvious that dressing warmly is essential, some people miss some bits. Your hands, head, and face need to be dressed up warm as well. A nice cozy pair of gloves, a hooded jacket or beanie cap, and a face mask are all good starts. Any place that bare skin may encounter the cold air needs to be covered.
- Avoid Hot Showers – We know this sounds like pure misery. After all, there’s nothing better than a hot shower to warm up from the cold winter air. Unfortunately, hot water also draws necessary oils and moisture out of your skin. Also, once you’re out of the shower? Pat dry, don’t rub. Your skin is delicate after all that moisture.
- Ointments and Creams – Ointments and creams can do wonders against the forces of winter. You may want to try a few different varieties to ensure that you find one that matches your skin. Some people need thicker creams; others need a light protective layer. Experiment until you find the right one for you.
Consult With Your Cosmetic Treatment Specialist For More Advice
Your plastic surgeon isn’t just there to help you fix the damage. They want to help prevent your beautiful skin from becoming marred in the first place. Reach out to them before the winter sets in and find out what they suggest. They will likely have good tips on products and habits that will help your skin stay looking great!