With the weather becoming cooler, it is important to protect your skin. Follow the four tips, to protect your skin:
1. Moisturize: I always advise my patients to take short, warm showers with a moisturizing soap. Then apply a moisturizing cream instead of a lotion to the entire body daily. To prevent the dreaded chapped lips, do not forget to apply a moisturizer and consider making a scrub with organic natural raw sugar and creamed honey for a weekly DIY exfoliation. Lastly, please do not forget to apply physical sunscreen despite the grey days ahead.
2. Protection: The number one concern in my office in the winter months is dry hands and feet. Protecting your hands and head with hats and gloves is important to keep warm, but it also helps trap in the moisture. Wear socks that will keep your feet dry. Consider wearing a light liner sock made of a material that wicks away moisture and then put a natural fiber sock over it.
3. Hydration: As long as fluids are not restricted by your primary care physician or cardiologist, drink plenty of fluids. Our skin loses water throughout the entire day especially at night. Stay hydrated with fluids, apply hydrating creams to your body daily and while sleeping, use a humidifier to replace dry area with much-needed moisture.
4. Rough Skin: Elbows, heels and knees become rough and thickened in the winter. Consider products with lactic acid, ceramides or urea to soften skin daily. Try a clarifying polish to exfoliate rough skin twice a week.