Skin Care Tips For Florida Winters
Southern Winters Require Special Kind of Skin Care
As winter approaches, transitioning your skin from the heat and humidity of summer to the cool and dryness of winter can be a challenge. Even though the temperatures don’t reach freezing in Venice, Florida, Floridians will still experience the cooler air which can mean dry air and turning on the heater. To keep these changes from leaving your skin dry, cracked and irritated, check out our tips for healthy Florida skin.
1. Change Your Skincare Routine & Products
Remember as the cold air comes in, your skin will lose its natural moisturizers and become dry and irritated. Begin using a loofah sponge or other exfoliator once a week to slough off dead skin cells and encourage new skin growth. Retinol is considered a thorough exfoliator and this repeated shedding of the upper dermal layer forces the skin to produce new cells. We prefer SkinMedica’s Retinols. Consider lightening up your masks or toners and make sure they do not include any alcohol. Switch from heavy clay masks to more hydrating cream masks. Switching to a moisturizing body wash instead of bar soap can help. And, you can even keep some of your body’s natural oils by patting dry out of the shower instead of rubbing.
2. Choose & Use An Oil-Based Moisturizer
Your skin is used to humid Florida summers. With the cool, dry air moving in, your skin will need help adjusting. Pick up a heavier, oil-based moisturizer containing emollients and humectants and use it more often than usual. Make sure to choose an oil that won’t clog your pores like avocado oil, primrose oil, mineral oil, or almond oil. An oil-based moisturizer will create a barrier between your skin and the outside air. Don’t forget to moisturize the skin on your hands and feet as that skin is thinner and has fewer oil glands than the rest of your body and so can become dry and cracked quickly. Don’t like the idea of oil-based moisturizers? Try SkinMedica’s Dermal Repair Cream. It is an ultra rich moisturizer helps prevent moisture loss and improves skin smoothness to restore your skin's natural beauty.
3. Eat Right & Hydrate
Of course there are many of benefits to eating healthy all year round, but increasing your foods with fatty acids like Omega-3s can really boost hydration and help your skin fight the drying effects of cold winter air. Foods like salmon and walnuts are also high in good fat and can help your skin repair itself and produce its own natural oils. Choosing your drinks wisely can also help hydrate your skin. Down glasses of water and stay away from caffeine which can have a diuretic effect, reducing the moisture in your skin.
4. Save The Sunscreen For Winter Months
The sun’s damaging rays can break right through the cooler temperatures of Florida’s summer as well as cloud cover. Don’t forget to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun even if it’s not as hot as usual outside. SkinMedica’s Total Defense is our go-to pick. There is even a tinted version for face. Be sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside. Don’t forget to apply to your children before they go out to play. Pediatric dermatologists highly recommend sunscreen on children during all months of the year.
5. Change Out Appliances
If your Venice home is extremely dry during the winter months, consider adding a humidifier to keep the air moist. If you can get by without it, avoid using the blow-dryer to style your hair. Hot air tends to dry out the scalp, and may cause an itchy or flaky scalp. Air dry your hair, or go with a tousled look for the cooler months.
Call Wasserman Ulitsky Dermatology In Venice FL Today!
Using these tips, your skin will stay hydrated and beautiful throughout Venice, Florida’s winter months. Stop in our office to build your product supply for the Florida Winter. All the items mentioned are by SkinMedica, an Allergan company. These are our Doc Picks for the month. If you have questions about your skin care or how to keep it hydrated during the winter, give the dermatologists at Wasserman Ulitsky Dermatology a call at (941) 484-8222.
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