Dr. Crutchfield, what can I do improve the quality of my skin, especially in these dry winter months?
Great question. Walk into the skin care/cosmetic area of any major department store, and it is dizzying to see the hundreds, if not thousands, of choices for skin care. To complicate matters, there are sales people wearing white coats, looking like either mad scientists or doctors, who are all too eager to recommend their company’s multi-step skin care program.
Even in our homes, we are flooded with late-night infomercials touting the latest products that promise to solve your skin-care woes. The good news is, smart skin care can be a simple four-step process: cleansing, hydration, protection and correction.
Cleansers with either no detergent or a very low detergent value help preserve the natural oils in your skin. You don’t need harsh cleansers or exfoliants; just use a cotton washcloth. Your skin will naturally exfoliate itself. Continue reading How To Improve Your Dry Skin During Cold Months
With cold weather comes dry skin. This is largely due to going into buildings and areas that are heated- that heat sucks all the hydration from your skin. Here’s 4 ways to help your skin during these harsh months of the year.
1. Slather on Moisturizer
Another way to keep your skin hydrated is to use a richer moisturizer. The earlier in the season you start using it the better off your skin will look later.
2. Plug In The Humidifier
Having a humidifier on near your desk during a work day, or on your night stand as you sleep will increase the amount of water not only in the air, but also in your skin as you breath in the water filled air.
3. Ban Hot Baths
And hot showers. The heat actually strips your skin of moisture. So take a warm bath or shower instead of a hot one.
4. After A Bath Apply Oil
A trend this year is the use of skin oils instead of lotion because they can be used on hair, skin, and scalp. Lotions can’t really compete.
Stay tuned for more tips, and as always, contact Crutchfield Dermatology today for your skin care dermatology needs.