Repairing your skin after winter’s effects and preparing it for summer
As the weather gets warmer and you start baring more skin you may notice some of the effects winter had on your body’s first defense against the elements. A combination of cold and wind outside and heat and hot showers inside may have led to dry and rough skin that you’re eager to get rid of and it’s time to switch to a skin care routine better suited for the season. Both the dry winter air and the heat indoors take away moisture from your skin. If you don’t use one already, try using a humidifier inside next season to keep your skin from drying out. If the damage is already done this year there are a few things you can do to restore and improve the appearance of your skin.
- The first thing you need to do is remove the dead skin to reveal the new skin underneath. There are many products that can be used to accomplish this but if you have sensitive skin you should avoid products that contain beads or high concentrations of exfoliating chemicals like glycolic acid. In low doses acids can help exfoliate and reduce acne but in higher doses may cause dryness and redness. Professional exfoliating treatments can also be highly effective. Microdermabrasion can thoroughly remove dead skin cells and facials can bring back your skin’s healthy glow.
- When you exfoliate you’re also exposing your skin to the damaging effects of UV rays from the sun. While the cold and dryness of winter may have had a damaging effect on your skin, the summer brings its own share of potential skin hazards. Whether you burn or tan your skin is being damaged and tanning beds are no exception. Always wear sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage and make sure to reapply regularly.
- To restore skin and make it smooth and soft again after winter’s effects use a moisturizer daily. Apply moisturizer to the skin right after getting out of the shower, when it will be most effective. Nutrition is also an important element to consider in repairing your skin. Drinking lots of water hydrates your skin and eating nutrient rich fruits and vegetables helps improve skin health and appearance.
If you’re still experiencing problem skin or you just want the advice of an expert dermatologist, contact Advanced Dermatology to schedule a consultation. Our board-certified dermatologists can help develop a skin care plan that works for you. We have 13 conveniently located offices in New York and New Jersey. Our offices are located in and serve the surrounding areas of: Manhattan, Fresh Meadows, Bayside, Ossining, Briarcliff, Park Slope, Commack, East Setauket, Roslyn Heights, and West Islip in New York as well as Summit and Ridgewood in New Jersey. Click here to contact us today!