Tips for Keeping Skin Healthy in Winter

Now that Bay County has hit some cooler temperatures, we’d like you to be aware that your skin may dry out, or even crack, from the dry air the winter season brings. At Gulf Coast Facial Plastics, Dr. Daniel Daube and his team have developed several tips to help you keep your skin healthy during the colder months.

1. Take Shorter Showers!

We know that sounds so simple and it is! When the weather turns cooler, it is ever so tempting to take a nice, long shower, but cutting down the time you spend showering is actually better for your skin. Ideally, you should not shower more than ten minutes using warm water. While a hot shower may be relaxing, many people use water temperatures that are way too high. Showers that are too hot can dry out the oils in your skin. If your skin is red when you step out of the shower, it’s time to adjust the temperature of the water to a warmer setting.

2. Moisturize… Moisturize… Moisturize!

During the winter months, your skin tends to dry out from a colder environment when we use more dry heat in our home and cars. For the best possible results, use lotion directly after showering, which will help trap in moisture quickly. In addition, remember to moisturize your hands frequently as well, preferably after each washing.

3. Use Sunscreen.

During the winter, most people forget about the need for sunscreen, but it’s just as important in the cooler months. Rays from the sun are always a viable threat to the health, and appearance, of your skin. In addition, bright reflections on winter days can actually magnify the sun’s rays, increasing the risk of sun damage. Get in the habit of using products that contain sunscreen every day, regardless of the season. Be sure to contact our aesthetician to learn about the specially-formulated products we carry that include sunscreen.

4. Eat Well and Stay Hydrated.

Did you know that not following a proper diet and staying hydrated can cause your skin to dry out, whether in the summer or winter? Make sure to eat foods that are rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. It is also extremely important to drink enough water throughout the day.

5. Switch Out Your Skincare Products.

During the winter, you need to use cream-based cleansers that will help your face stay both clean as well as moisturized. Avoid products that contain alcohol, since these are more likely to dry out your face and body. Don’t forget to moisturize your face and lips at night as well.

These tips may seem so elementary, but we constantly see skin issues arise from people not following these simple steps. The winter can be harsh to your skin, so come to our Medical Spa where we’ll show you the most current in skincare routines that will keep your skin healthy year-round.

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