Our first snowfall reminded all of us that winter is quickly approaching. Gone are the summer days of oily skin; your skin requires extra TLC during the dry winter months in Minnesota. Tareen Dermatology has created a list of winter skin care tips to keep your skin healthy during the upcoming months.
- Moisturizing is key! Choose a thick moisturizing cream (rather than a thinner lotion or oil) for the body. The moisturizing cream should be applied soon after showering in the morning, and again before bed if necessary.
- Look for great ingredients – At Tareen Dermatology, we recommend a moisturizing cream that contains ceramides. Ceramides are unique ingredients that help to repair the skin’s barrier; by repairing the skin’s barrier, moisture is held within the skin in order to prevent excessive dryness in the winter.
- Use drying medications sparingly – Topical acne medications and anti-aging serums (such as retinoids) can cause dryness on the skin. Use only a pea-size amount of these medications during the winter months and apply a moisturizer immediately afterward.
- Don’t forget sun protection – Sun protection, in the form of sunscreen and direct sun avoidance, is just as important during the winter months as it is in July. Remember to apply a sunscreen to your face and hands every morning, and to wear a hat when you will be outdoors during the midday. Sun damage and skin cancers are caused by both UVA and UVB rays, which are present during the winter months.
- Persistant dry spots must be checked – Any dry, flaky areas of the face or body that do not improve with regular moisturizing should be checked out right away at Tareen Dermatology. Certain inflammatory conditions of the skin (such as eczema and psoriasis), as well as precancerous lesions and even skin cancers, can present as dry patches.