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Does the cold weather have your skin looking dry and dull? During harsh winter weather, it is important to adjust your skincare routine to help keep your skin nourished and radiant. For BestLife, Dr. Inessa Fishman along with other skincare experts give their best winter skincare hacks.

During winter, the air (and your skin!) can become incredibly dry. To help combat this, dermatologists recommend investing in a humidifier for your home. As dry air can disrupt your skin’s natural barrier as you sleep, a cool mist humidifier can help add moisture back into the air and help you avoid irritating dry skin. In addition, the right skin care products can make all the difference in preventing dry skin. During the dry winter months, emollients or moisturizers that smooth and soften the skin will be your best friend. Look for moisturizers that contain lactic acid, which acts as a humectant, drawing water into the skin. For best results, experts recommend implementing the “two-minute rule”; apply your favorite moisturizer no less than two minutes after leaving the shower or bath. This helps to lock moisture in your skin, before it has a chance to evaporate away.

Although a great moisturizer is super important in the winter, it may be beneficial to make some other changes to your skin care routine as well. Even during the winter, exfoliation is important to maintaining good circulation and a healthy glow. While hyaluronic acid is very useful at drawing water into the skin from the air around you, pros advise against overusing the serum during winter months. When the air around you is lacking in moisture too much topical hyaluronic acid can cause your skin to pull moisture from deeper layers of your skin, leading to a loss in volume and plumpness. Instead, add jojoba or avocado oil to your moisturizing routine. Both rich in vitamins and nutrients are super hydrating!

The winter is the perfect time to address any sun related skin damage you may have from freckles to fine lines. In the season of self-care, treat yourself to skin polishing and chemical peel treatments. At Aviva Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, the Intense Pulsed Light Photofacial is a patient favorite for reducing stubborn hyperpigmentation, sunspots, redness, and freckles. Facials such as those performed by our medical aesthetician Alla Fishman, can also do wonders to heal your skin during the dreary winter months.

Although the sun might appear to hide during the winter, this doesn’t mean you can forget about sun protection. As Dr. Fishman says, “”Sun protection is key year-round,” especially in the wintertime. Applying sunscreen in the morning before starting your day is the best way to prevent both short term and long-term sun damage.

In addition to adjusting your skincare routine, it is important to continue to treat your body right. Aim to get 6-8 hours of sleep per night. This ensures good circulation within your skin and boosts your body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, helping your skin to look youthful and glowing. While topical moisturizers are vital to hydrated skin, hydrating from the outside in is just as important. Doctors suggest everyone should strive to drink half their body weight in ounces every day. Finally, a healthy diet is key to nourishing your body and your skin. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is a great way to ensure your skin is getting the vitamins and minerals it needs to glow.


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