Winter brings a number of harsh weather conditions that can deplete the moisture from your skin so that you aren't looking or feeling your best.  Don't let cold weather affect your skin's health, leaving you with dry, flaky , or irritated skin. With these winter skin care tips, you can arm yourself against the cold with the right products so that you can maintain a fresh glow, year round.

Firstly, it is important to understand why winter conditions are so challenging for the skin. Most people assume that the cold temperatures do most of the damage, but it is really the lack of moisture in the air that causes irritation. Cold air simply doesn’t hold as much moisture.   Northern locations are also subject to weather patterns that involve dry winds, putting everyone at an immediate moisture disadvantage.

Unfortunately cranking up the furnace or making a will not  help skin that is already suffering from dryness. While these tactics do raise the temperature, they do not add any much-needed moisture to the air. Sitting in front of a heater will simply drying you out even more by removing essential moisture and oils from your skin.

Effects of Winter Weather

The effects of winter weather on the skin can range quite a bit. Most people will experience skin that feels tight or itchy. In more extreme cases, the skin may form calluses or crack into open wounds that can become infected. At best, you will feel uncomfortable. At worst, you may be looking at a skin problem that becomes a health problem.

Tips for Healthy Skin

If you want to keep your skin healthy during the winter months, there are some simple steps you can take. First of all, try to wash your hands, face and body in lukewarm water.  While a hot shower feels good and washing your hands can help avoid the flu, constantly exposing your skin to hot water will just exacerbate dry skin. Lukewarm water is the best option for maintaining moisture.

Secondly, be sure to moisturize immediately after you shower or wash your hands. Timing is everything. Liberally applying lotion after exposure to water will lock in moisture and replenish your skin before you head back out into dry weather conditions. You can also hydrate from the inside out by drinking plenty of water. 
Finally, choose products that will retain your skin’s moisture barrier and protect it throughout the winter months. Stay away from petroleum-based products that can actually cause more problems and instead look for oil-based products, and those containing hyaluronic acid.

Winter Skin Care Products

There are plenty of powerful products on the market that are well worth the investment and will deliver results. The ZO® Skin Health line of products are designed to restore skin health and include unique formulas and delivery systems that make them incredibly effective at adding moisture to your skin and protecting it from irritants.

AlumierMD is another popular line of products developed by experts to address a variety of conditions, including: aging skin, rosacea, acne and hyperpigmentation. For those who want the ultimate in skin protection, Colorescience provides simple on-the-go sun care.

With so many winter skin challenges, it can be difficult to decide which product is best for you. If you wish to learn more and want to ensure exceptional skin health all year round, be sure to contact the experts at APT Medical Aesthetics. We will take the time to learn about your needs and recommend the products or services best suited to you.

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