12 Ways to Winter-Proof Your Skin


By: , – Dori Katz, Family Circle
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Skincare Experts
Dr. David Bank, dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York
Dr. Doris Day, dermatologist in New York City
Dr. Howard Murad, dermatologist in Los Angeles and founder of Murad, Inc.

Expert Tips

1. Skip the bubbles. Foamy lather feels luxurious but tends to strip away natural oils. Opt for a mild, fragrance-free cream cleanser with less than 1% sodium lauryl sulfate.

2. Exfoliate gently. Use a facial wash with no more than 5% salicylic or 10% glycolic acid two to three times weekly. For sensitive skin, dilute with an equal amount of water.

3. Soothe your scalp. Banish dryness and prevent irritation with a five-ingredients-or-less hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Fewer ingredients means less chance of inflammation. If dandruff is an issue, switch to a shampoo containing either zinc
pyrithione or selium sulfide. 

4. Take a power shower. Cleanse with a hydrating body wash and loofah. Rinse with lukewarm—not hot—water for five minutes, max. Afterward, pat until almost dry and immediately apply lotion.

5. Pick good hydrators. Look for hyaluronic acid, as well as ceramides. Both seal in moisture.

6. Winterize your regimen. Start with a facial serum, which penetrates more deeply than regular moisturizers. Finish with a lotion or cream to combat extreme dryness.

7. Seek out redness reducers. Licorice extract, niacinamide and caffeine are great topical options for taming ruddy complexions. Shea butter alleviates blotchiness on arms and legs.

8. Use retinoids year-round. In the winter, a pea-size amount is enough for the entire face. (If you experience irritation, mix it with your everyday moisturizer.) Follow with a rich night cream.

9. Try a weekly mask. A penetrating formula gives hair and skin an extra boost of moisture. Pumpkin, green tea and antioxidants are all exceptionally hydrating.

10. Pucker up. Swipe a clean, dry toothbrush gently across lips to wipe away flakes, then apply a balm with vitamin E.

11. Tweak your diet. Cut back on caffeine and alcohol and nourish from the inside out by increasing your intake of water and antioxidant-rich raw fruits and veggies.

12. Treat your feet. Soften soles with an intense treatment—check the ingredients for either lactic acid or urea—that removes built-up dead cells, allowing moisturizers to sink in.

Anti-Aging Bonus: Hyaluronic acid plumps up skin, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Click here for more advice on keeping your skin healthy all winter long from Family Circle.

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  • 10
    I need to try these. My skin is painfully dry on my face and hands; itchy on the rest of my body; and after dishwashing in the winter, the skin over my knuckles often cracks when I close my hands. I'm going to see if any of these suggestions can ease the symptoms. and I'm drinking my water... - 1/14/2013   7:32:45 PM
    I am a HUGE fan of jojoba oil, it doesn't clog pores and closely mimics skins natural oils. I mix a few drops with my lotion, really helps with the winter skin issues (-: - 1/9/2013   7:07:30 PM
  • 8
    Many (not all) of my dry skin (face, lips) problems go away when I'm drinking enough water! But I'm glad for the extra reminders to take care of my skin - esp. during the winter! - 1/8/2013   3:46:26 PM
  • 7
    I'll have to find a remedy for my hands...they really dry and crack up here in the Midwest winters. - 1/8/2013   3:34:17 PM
  • 6
    While I think some of these are some good tips, I would take them as a random pick list of good things to try. Keep in mind these magazine articles may be hidden advertisements. Everyone works a little differently so trial and error are the real guides. For me I have many lifelong issues with skin so I do use a cream that follows item 5 (Cerave), but I found that out only after trying hundreds of other creams. To keep lips moisturized is a bit more challenging. I find my lips are dry when I mouth-breath (e.g. when I have a cold). I just sip water to keep them soft, and regularly apply the same moisturizer or even Vaseline (ultra greasy....don't go out in public with that on!). - 1/8/2013   1:31:19 PM
  • 5
    I'm surprised sunscreen wasn't mentioned, especially since retinoids were recommended. Yes, you still need to use sunscreen in the winter because you are still exposed to UV rays from the sun, despite the cloudy weather in many places.

    Perhaps the article intended to mention sunscreen, but after going to the Family Circle website all that came up for me there was information on how to subscribe to FC, not more of the article. - 1/8/2013   12:09:45 PM
  • 4
    Anybody have any good ideas for severly chapped lips????? It's turning out to be a really dry, cold winter. - 1/8/2013   11:52:18 AM
    I'll admit, I don't take of my skin as well as I should during the winter. I really do need to use a good moisturizer more often. On the plus side, I do eat right and drink plenty of water.

    I'm a little surprized they didn't mention Vaseline. My mom swore by Vaseline. She always put a thin layer on before going to bed. She had wonderful skin.
    - 1/8/2013   10:27:19 AM
  • 2
    I think #7 says caffeine is a good TOPICAL application rather than an ORAL application which does jive with #11.

    However, I too will stick with my one cup of non-creamed coffee each morning 8-)) - 1/8/2013   10:07:10 AM
  • EMLOWE0109
    #7 says caffeine is good, #11 says it's bad... I'll just stick to my normal cup of coffee in the morning! - 1/8/2013   9:05:33 AM

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