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Four Winter Skin Care Myths

by kelly / November, 28 2018 01:30

Photo of a snowman doll leaning on a snowman in the snow

When the temperature drops it can wreak havoc on the skin. But it doesn’t have to. Cold weather doesn’t have to mean dry, itchy, and flaking skin. Winter can also mean glowing skin as long as these four skincare myths are avoided.

Overcast Skies Means I Can Cut Back on Sunscreen

It’s grey during the winter so I can put away the sunscreen. No, that’s the worst thing you can do for your skin. Up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can get through the clouds according to the US Food & Drug Administration. Think about that stat – it means you can still get sun damage on grey days.

And even in the dreary winter, we tend to leave our face exposed. So make sure you protect it with a broad spectrum sunscreen or SPF product every day. The key to healthy, younger looking skin is sun protection.

The sun’s UV rays are present year-round and they are strong even in the winter. For a quick refresher UVA and UVB rays are the culprits of sunburn, skin damage, and skin cancer. While UVB rays are less intense during the winter, UVA rays are intense 365 days a year. UVA rays are a major part in skin aging and wrinkling and can cause skin cancer. So apply that sunscreen!

If you want the full breakdown of UV rays check out our post: “UVA, UVB and UVC Rays: What They Are and How Sunscreen Protects You.”

Need more proof about the long term benefits of wearing sunscreen everyday – check out this Harvard study that found women that protected their skin from the sun looked 20 years younger!

It’s the Cold Weather that Makes My Skin Dry & Flaky

It’s actually not the weather that makes your skin this way but the heat keeping you warm inside. Heaters dry out the skin.

Battle the dry heater air with a humidifier. We keep one in our bedroom at night and it’s helped my dry skin issues tremendously.

Steamy Showers Moisturize Skin

Hot, steamy showers feel so good on cold winter days. But they’re really tough on your skin. According to dermatologist Dr. Robin Ashinoff “hot showers and baths are extremely drying."

Unfortunately any shower or bath over 98.6 degrees can cause blood-vessel dilation resulting in water loss on your skin. If you really need that hot shower, keep it under five minutes, pat (don’t rub) your skin damp and then moisturize.

Rosy Red Cheeks Means My Skin Is Healthy

While red winter cheeks might look nice at first, redness in the cheeks can signal that your skin is dried out or it may mean you have broken capillaries from the wind.

Before heading out to the windy outdoors – cover up with a scarf and lather on your moisturizer to create protective barrier on the skin.

Seasonal Skin Care Tips

Winter, spring, summer, or fall – we’ve got it all. Check out our skin care tips for all seasons in our Skin Care or Education blog series.

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