Do you need help with your winter skincare routine? Celebrity Dermatologist and Suburbs 101 contributor, Dr. Whitney Bowe shares her winter skincare secrets.
You wake up to a dusting of frost outside your bedroom window. You crank up the heat inside your home and take a hot shower to warm up. You notice your skin is red from the hot water as you towel off and get dressed. You scrub your face to slough off the dead, dry layer you suspect is making it look dull. Then, you get ready to step outside into the frigid, dry winter air.
Does this sound like your morning routine?
If so, you are setting yourself up for dull, dry, irritated winter skin! Let’s break it down, step by step:
First, the cold, dry air outside steals the moisture from your skin. When you add the drying indoor heat, it’s a recipe for flaky, itchy skin that is more easily irritated.
Bowe Glow Tip #1: Introduce a cool-mist humidifier into your bedroom at night. It makes a huge difference in terms of your skin’s healthy hydration, is very reasonable in terms of cost, and will even help you to wake up feeling less congested as an added bonus.
Second, the hot showers we crave in frigid weather strip our skin barrier of its healthy bacteria (microbiome) and natural oils. This stripping further contributes to irritated, sensitive skin and aggravates conditions like eczema.
Bowe Glow Tip #2: Although it’s incredibly tempting to use that hot, hot water in the bath or shower as the temperature dips, get comfortable using warm water that doesn’t turn your skin red. Also, apply moisturizing body lotion with nourishing ingredients like shea butter right after you get out of the shower onto damp skin. If you notice that your skin is very sensitive, opt for a fragrance-free formula. Also, check your soap or cleanser to be sure it doesn’t contain sulfates. Sulfates are overachievers when it comes to cleansing your skin, so they not only clean off the dirt from your day, but they also clean off your skin’s healthy oils, thereby stripping your skin unnecessarily.
Third, aggressive exfoliation is no way to restore your skin’s healthy glow. It actually has the opposite impact on your skin – destroying the delicate barrier that protects your skin from pollutants, bacteria, and other skin saboteurs.
Bowe Glow Tip #3: You should only be exfoliating your skin two times per week – no more! I prefer creams or serums with chemical exfoliants like lactic acid and glycolic acid over using harsh, aggressive scrubs (especially on your face). Follow with a nourishing serum and a thicker moisturizer than you would use during the summer. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ceramides, both of which will help to lock in your skin’s healthy moisture and keep your skin looking radiant and beautiful this winter!
Want more winter skincare tips? I’m sharing so many healthy skin tips and delicious, skin-friendly recipes to help hydrate and nourish your skin from within on my website and my social media channels. Follow me at @drwhitneybowe for more!
About Dr. Whitney Bowe
Dr. Whitney Bowe is one of the most in-demand dermatologists in the country. At her NYC and Briarcliff Manor offices, Dr. Bowe specializes in skin rejuvenation, laser dermatology, and the link between nutrition and skincare. Her work has earned the attention of top media outlets, netting her invitations to lend her expertise on programs like Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, The Doctors, and Dr. Oz, and publications like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ALLURE and INSTYLE. Dr. Bowe was named an Exceptional Woman in Science 2019 by Castle Connolly and has received a TOP DOCTOR recognition from Castle Connolly year after year. She is also a best selling author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin, which was recently released in paperback form as Dirty Looks. Dr. Bowe lives in Chappaqua with her husband and their daughter, Maclane.
Website: Dr. Whitney Bowe
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