While we’re all gearing up for the blistering cold days of winter, we need to make sure our skin is prepared too! The winter months can dry out our skin and create some discomfort, but dermatologist Nazanin Saedi, MD, Director of the Jefferson Laser Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology Center, has you covered! She helped answer questions submitted by our Jefferson Health Instagram followers, as well as other commonly asked questions:
- How can I stop chronic dry skin on my face?
“Dry skin on the face can be uncomfortable — try to limit showers or baths to 5 minutes with lukewarm water. Long, hot showers or baths will dry out your skin even more! Avoid harsh bar soaps because they can be both irritating and drying. Try moisturizing bath and shower liquid cleansers – these help to moisten the skin while cleaning it.”
- How many times per day should I wash my face?
“Over-washing your face in the winter months is bad for your skin, and it will dry you out! Cleanse your face just once a day, at night, to remove dirt, impurities, and makeup and do a simple rinse in the morning. Also, try to avoid facial products that contain alcohol, such as toners and astringents. Products containing retinoids or retinol can also be drying and slightly irritating in the wintertime so you can reduce their use to every other night. You can also add a thick nighttime facial cream to keep your skin moisturized.”
- Should I wait until I’m completely dry to apply moisturizer?
“Don’t wait! The best time for moisturizing is immediately after a shower or bath. Applying a moisturizer immediately afterward will help seal in the moisture. Thick, rich creams and lotions are best for moisturizing and maintaining the skin’s protective barrier. Good ingredients to look for include lactic acid, glycerin, petrolatum, and hyaluronic acid. For persistent dry areas, try applying petroleum jelly, even though it’s a bit messy! Another way to keep your skin moist is to add a humidifier to help moisturize the air in your bedroom. After all, it’s the room you spend the most time in!”
- What is the best over the counter moisturizer you recommend?
“I recommend moisturizers that contain ceramides, which help restore the skin’s natural barrier. I also recommend looking for products with hyaluronic acid because it hydrates the skin. Creams are better for moisturizing than lotions.”
Use these tips to adjust your current routine, and you will keep your skin feeling healthy and radiant all winter long!