Fashion & Beauty

Five Tips for Winter-Proofing Your Skin

Baby, it’s (still) cold outside. Here’s the skin-care regimen you’d be wise to follow before venturing out.

1. MOISTURIZE MORE

Consider an oil-based moisturizer rather than a cream, lotion, or water-based gel.  Oil-based skin care creates a protective layer that retains more moisture than a cream, lotion, or gel product.

Dr. Reszko’s Tip:  Many night creams are oil-based, so consider using a p.m. product in the a.m.

Consider therapeutic, light, and non-comedogenic oils such as moringa, avocado, rose hip, argan, primrose, flaxseed, grapeseed, or almond.  These oils, rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, repair the skin’s protective layer and promote a healthy shine without a greasy feel.  Consider tea tree oil for acne prone skin.

Avoid mineral oils like petrolatum that are thicker and do not fully absorb into skin. Avoid shea oil, since it can clog facial pores and cause (or aggravate) acne.

In addition to oils, look for products that contain the following active ingredients:

  • Humectants—a class of substances (including hyaluronic acid, glycerin, sorbitol, and alpha-hydroxy acids) that attract moisture to skin.
  • Ceramides (along with cholesterol and saturated fatty acids) create a water-impermeable, protective layer to prevent excessive moisture loss.
  • Niacinamide—strengthens the skin’s outer layer to prevent moisture loss.

Dr. Reszko’s Tip: Obey the “The Three-Minute Rule.” Always apply moisturizer within three minutes of bathing (while skin is slightly damp) to lock in moisture.

 

2. SLATHER ON THE SUNSCREEN

Sunscreen isn’t just for the summer. Winter sun, combined with snow glare and high altitudes, can severely damage your skin. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face, neck, and hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Remember to reapply sunscreen frequently if you stay outside for a longer period of time.

Even if you don’t plan on hitting the slopes this winter, practice good daily sun protection.  Even indoor fluorescent lights emit UVA radiation that is aging. So wear sunscreen every day regardless of age, skin type, and season.

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  • Block Island Organics February 16, 2016 at 11:58 am

    “Sunscreen isn’t just for the summer.” – love it, so true! Year round daily use is important to keeping skin healthy.

    Also great to see the broad spectrum recommendation. Many are unaware to look for it on the label. SPF only measures UVB protection but UVA rays cause skin damage too. That’s why it’s important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen and why we make all our products that way.

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