Pro tips for preparing your skin for the cold
With winter just around the corner (when did that happen?!), it’s officially time to break out your sweaters and prep your body to beat the chill—and that includes how you take care of your skin. Whether you’re facing the bitter winds of the outdoors or the blasting heat inside, it’s important to tweak your skincare routine to keep winter dryness and flakiness at bay.
“The skin is a lot drier this time of year, and with the cold weather you need to protect the barrier function of the skin’s outside layer,” say Betsy Rubenstone, director of skincare services at Deme, a plastic surgery, dental and skincare practice in Center City. “In other words, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.”
Roger that. But which products are best?
We talked to local experts to find out. But before we dive in, here are a few overarching rules for winter skin care:
- Even though the sun seems weaker in the winter, it’s important to continue to wear an SPF when going outside. Ultra-violet and free-radical damage is still a very real threat.
- Do not over-exfoliate. Using cleansers with scrubbers strips the skin of oil and leaves it more vulnerable to harsh weather.
Read on for more rules, tailored to skin type, to keep your skin healthy and glowing for all those holiday photos.