Baby it's Cold Outside
Warm up with Healthy Magazine's favorite skincare experts & their secrets for radiant winter skin
Experts agree winter skin can be rough, but with a few tips from the pros, you’ll be glowing in no time. Cold winter air and artificial heating can lead to excessive skin dryness. People with acne-prone skin need to be mindful not to overdo acne products that can contribute to this drying effect of cold air and artificial heat. Here are a few tips to take care of your skin during winter while keeping acne under control.
1. Protect Acne-prone skin
Dr. Naila Malik, creator and founder of Naila MD Skincare, gives her top three winter skin care tips.
- The right acne product for winter skincare should contain the right concentration of acne medications to treat acne with light weight, non-comedogenic skin hydrators, without drying ingredients such as alcohol, astringents and gels to keep you acne-free but not too dry and flaky.
- Most acne treatment products tend to increase photo-sensitivity, increasing your incidence of sunburns. Definitely put on a non-comedogenic broad spectrum sunscreen, minimum SPF 15, every day even in winter — especially if you use any acne treatment products.
- Maintain skin hydration from inside out. In addition to lightweight, non-oily, non-comedogenic skin hydrators, drink lots of water and keep up adequate intake of good fats, such as olive oil, salmon and walnuts. These fats help keep water in the skin for supple, healthy, well-hydrated skin.
2. Rehydrate dry skin
Dr. Michael Gold, dermatologist of Gold Skin Care Center, says keeping skin hydrated is crucial during colder weather and key to having a radiant glow. A common mistake we all make, he says, is using products that zap the moisture from our skin. He gives six tips on how to choose the right cleanser when degrees drop.
- Look for products that contain humectants like glycerin. These ingredients lock in moisture, blocking the cold air from dehydrating skin.
- To get a winter glow, choose products with ceramides and peptides, as they can perk up dull skin while packing a potent antiaging punch.
- Creamy, glycerin based cleansers, such as Neocutis Neo-Cleanse Gentle Skin Cleanser, are best during the winter to protect skin’s natural barrier.
- Neo-Cleanse is a luxuriously creamy cleanser rich with glycerin which helps gently purify without stripping the skin's natural barrier, and the formula is ideal for soothing dry skin.
- Do not over exfoliate. Monthly, mild chemical peels or microdermabrasion can keep skin fresh and soft.
- Always avoid hot water, which zaps moisture.
- Apply moisturizers as soon as you get out of the shower, as the dampness of your skin will help the ingredients penetrate for maximum moisture.
3. Replenish Partied-Out Skin
If you’re like most of us, your holidays are filled with one party after the other, which can leave your skin dehydrated, dull and tired. With the help of Tony Silla, co-owner of Face Place and head esthetician of Face Place LA, you’ll be able to party hop without looking like a zombie. Silla’s product recommendations and at-home remedies to maintain glowing, healthy skin during the holiday season have been Hollywood favorites for years.
- Rehydrate your skin with Face Place Collagen Elastin Treatment.
- Mix your foundation with a good moisturizer, like the Face Place Cell Regenerator, for coverage and moisture.
- Lathering your skin with hot water tends to dry out skin. Instead, use luke warm water when cleansing your face.
- With natural aloe vera extract, Face Place Collagen Moisturizer helps skin retain its moisture, elasticity and suppleness
- Prepare a face mask for dry facial skin by mixing together a teaspoon of honey, ½ teaspoon olive oil, one egg and a few drops of water. Rinse off with lukewarm water.