10 Tips for Healthy Winter Skin


10 Tips For Healthy Winter Skin by Dr. Bowe

Ironically, the heat indoors is more to blame for your dry winter skin than is the cold outside. This can take a major toll on the skin. What should you do? Here are a few tips to keep the skin healthy during the winter:

1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Winter skin needs a more powerful moisturizer, and it needs to see that moisturizer more often throughout the day. The best time to moisturize the face and body is within 5 minutes of getting out of the shower, while the skin is still a bit damp.

2. Hot showers feel so good in the winter, but lukewarm showers are best for the skin. If you can’t break the habit of taking hot showers, keep them short (under 5 minutes).

3. Invest in a cool mist humidifier for your bedroom. The added humidity in the air will repair your thirsty skin all night long and help your moisturizer penetrate better while you sleep.

4. Add moisturizer over your serum. Serums are still useful during the winter, especially if they contain antioxidants or retinol. Just make sure to add an extra layer of moisturizer on top of your serum during the winter. Serums are very light, so even though they deliver some potent anti-aging ingredients, most don’t provide enough hydration during the winter.

5. Skip the alcohol-based toners and astringents during the winter. They tend to be drying and can leave your skin red and irritated.

6. Don’t forget about your lips. Dry, cracking, chapped lips are just not that kissable. It’s easier to prevent dry lips than it is to repair them once they’re painful and peeling. Once the weather starts turning cool, start using a hydrating lip balm with soothing ingredients like olive oil, shea tree, and cocoa seed.

7. Keep using a sunscreen. Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean the sun’s rays are any less harmful during winter. They can be especially brutal when reflecting off of winter snow! Use a moisturizer with a sunscreen, like Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer, which is light enough to wear under makeup.

8. Trade your harsher cleanser for a gentle one that won’t dry the skin out as much. Avoid ingredients like salicylic acid and alpha hydroxyl acids in your winter cleanser.

9. You might need to trade in your prescription retinoid for a more gentle over-the-counter retinol. Retinol works very similarly to its prescription counterparts, but it less drying. Try RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

10. Chapped hands are a common winter complaint. Don’t forget to keep a moisturizer next to your sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms. Every time you wash your hands throughout the day, make sure to re-apply that moisturizer. Keep it visible so you don’t forget! I keep one moisturizer next to each sink, and one more next to my bed.

Stop blaming your dry skin on the weather (there’s another culprit!)

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Stop blaming your dry skin on the weather (there’s another culprit!)

Every winter, it’s inevitable — dry skin despite loads of moisturizer.

Naturally, blame falls on the cold. Frigid temperatures can’t be good for sensitive skin, right? We reached out to Dr. Whitney Bowe, an expert dermatologist, to shed some light on winter skincare.

“Ironically, the heat indoors is more often to blame for your dry skin than is the cold outside!” Bowe said. “Dry heat radiating from central heating systems and space heaters can strip the skin of moisture during the day, and forces the water in your skin to evaporate all night long.”

Her solution? Get a humidifier for your bedroom.

“The added humidity in the air will repair your thirsty skin all night long and help your moisturizer penetrate better while you sleep,” she said.

Bowe swears by heavy-duty moisturizer Lubriderm during winter.

“Their lotions leave a clean, non-greasy feel and I love that they have a variety of formulas for different skin types.”

When it comes to switching up your skincare routine for winter, Bowe says it’s safe to drop the toners and astringents, which can redden and dry out skin. Stick to retinol-packing serums and moisturizers.

Beauty News: How to Get Rid of a Double Chin Without a Facelift


Beauty News: How to Get Rid of a Double Chin Without a Facelift

NY Dermatologist Dr. Joshua Fox explains the newest treatments for jowls.

A double chin is a common complaint among both men and women as they age, even if they’re not overweight, and for many years surgery was the only effective remedy. For many people this is the first area of their body and face which distorts their self image. “Nowadays, several minimally invasive cosmetic treatments are available to target a double chin or jowls without going under the knife,” according to Dr. Joshua Fox, a New York-based dermatologist and medical director and founder of Advanced Dermatology, P.C.


The newest, non-surgical anti-aging procedure is Ultherapy, which relies on high powered ultrasound to tighten and lift the skin. In October 2012 the Ulthera system used in Ultherapy became the first device to receive FDA clearance to non-invasively lift the skin under the chin and neck.

“Patients with sagging skin under the chin finally have access to a safe, non-surgical treatment that firms and tightens lax skin,” explains Dr. Fox. “This is not a replacement for a surgical neck lift, but in our experience it works far better than previously available techniques without any cutting or downtime.”

The Ulthera system relies on sound waves to target the tissue underneath the skin’s surface. During the procedure, a hand-held device emits an ultrasound to the skin and tissue beneath your skin, which allows doctors to see the area they are treating. The Ulthera device also delivers heat energy at several specific levels of the skin to tighten the affected tissue without leaving any negative effects. The heat energy causes the skin both to contract and stimulate collagen growth, resulting in firmer, younger looking skin.

In clinical studies, researchers have found significant changes in appearance in 90% of patients who underwent the Ultherapy ultrasound treatment. Specifically, patients report that their jaw is better defined, a lessening of the jaw line, “turkey neck” and double chin.

The procedure takes about an hour with little or no down time. “One 60 minute session is usually all that’s needed to see a visible improvement,” says Dr. Fox.


Liposuction to remove excess body fat is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. The procedure, which involves removing fat has primarily been performed on the abdomen, buttocks and thighs for problems like “muffin top” and “saddle bags.”

In recent years, a laser-assisted liposuction method called SmartLipo has made it possible to use the procedure on smaller, delicate areas like the chin and neck. SmartLipo works by using a calibrated laser to destroy fat deposits through the top layers of a patient’s skin. The laser ruptures fat cells, and the surgeon removes the resulting liquid through a tiny incision in the skin.

“SmartLipo requires a very small incision, and it’s a less invasive procedure so there are fewer risks than traditional liposuction,” explains Dr. Fox. “In general, patients see faster results, experience fewer complications and a quicker recovery time than regular anesthesia.” In addition, SmartLipo patients need only a local anesthetic for this procedure.

Pixel CO2 Laser

Various type of lasers (Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation), which focus a powerful beam of light to a specific area, are widely used in cosmetic practices for everything from hair removal to age spots. The Pixel CO2 laser is an updated CO2 laser used to target specific problems including lessening the jowls and improving the angle of the jaw. It can also smooth fine lines, lessens the appearance of acne scars and improves skin tone, to name a few of its popular uses.

Pixel is less aggressive than traditional CO2 lasers and results in much less patient down-time than earlier versions, according to Dr. Fox. In addition, it does not have the high risk of discoloration, long healing times and prolonged redness of the skin.

“The Pixel laser can take years off your face, restoring a more youthful appearance,” says Dr. Fox. “The surface of the skin is revitalized and restored, revealing a new layer underneath while stimulating skin renewal for a softer, smoother appearance. It dramatically lessens jowls and double chins”

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 13.8 million cosmetic procedures (both surgical and minimally-invasive) were performed in the United States in 2011, a 5% increase since 2010. Doctors performed nearly 12.2 million minimally invasive procedures in 2011. Dr. Fox encourages patients to talk with their dermatologists to determine the best plan for addressing their specific cosmetic concerns.