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Protecting The Skin in the Winter: A Boston Plastic Surgeon Gives Some Advice


February 13th, 2014

Did you know that winter sun can be just as dangerous to the skin as the heat of summer?  Cold temperatures and harsh, windy weather can severely dehydrate the skin, as can artificial heating systems that remove humidity from the cold and can go a long way toward preventing lines and wrinkles associated with premature aging of the skin.

Here are some tried and true tips I have for you this winter to keep your skin in tip top shape!

  • Follow a twice daily skin care regimen faithfully using a medical skincare product such as our DSP (Doctors Skin Prescription) line available in our Peabody Office or on the DSP website.
  • Use a good moisturizer to prevent dryness and put a barrier between the skin and the environment such as our DSP Age Prevent and Repair Moisturizer or our DSP Clear Skin Hydrating Moisturizer
  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF-15 or more daily regardless of the weather
  • Protect the eyes with a cream or gel.  This area has no oil glands, therefore produces no oils of its own to protect against drying winds and indoor heat.
  • Chapped lips are a common complaint.  The skin is thin and without melanin so they are a prime spot for sun damage.  A lip balm with SPF 15 and vitamin E will keep them soft and protected.
  • Drink lots of water, especially for people who are physically active in winter.  Dehydration with exacerbate wrinkles and dry skin.
  • Bathe or shower only once daily for short periods of time using tepid, not hot water and use a mild soap.
  • Apply a moisturizer right after your shower, while the skin is still damp.  This traps moisture and blocks evaporation.  Note that fragrance added to moisturizers is the most frequent cause of irritated skin.
  • Gentle exfoliation of the skin, the process of sloughing off dead cells, boosts circulation to the surface of the skin and improves the skin’s ability to absorb the benefits of a moisturizer.  The use of an AHA product such as a glycolic acid is excellent for getting rid of dead skin cells.