Your Guide to Winter Skin Protection
In the movies, chilly weather leaves starlets looking rosy and flushed. But in reality, the biting wind, harsh temperatures and dry air can take a toll, leading to an irritated, pasty complexion.
Tired of itchy, chaffed skin? We asked the experts to share their advice on safeguarding your skin from the elements. Here's what they said.
Skin Protection Tip No. 1: Moisturize the right way.
For the best results, rub on lotion immediately after showering. "You want your skin to be slightly damp," says Dr. Ahmet Altiner, an assistant professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College and owner of UWS Dermatology & Skin Care in New York City. "The lotion helps lock in the moisture."
Skin Protection Tip No. 2: Turn down the heat.
Skin Protection Tip No. 3: Consider a humidifier.
Bonus: You'll also fend off colds and flu in the process. Researchers from Oregon State University showed that the flu virus thrives in dry environments. Adding humidity to the air lowers the odds that those germs will survive for longer periods of time, say the experts.
Skin Protection Tip No. 4: Don't forget the sunscreen.
To protect yourself, slather on a product with SPF 30 on any exposed skin (for instance, your face, neck and hands) before heading outside.
Skin Protection Tip No. 5: Reach for the right tissues.