'Winter time can deliver a double-whammy when it comes to our skin,' says Dr. Diane S. Berson, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York City.
(PRWEB) October 24, 2013
In preparation for winter, we adjust the fluids in our car engines, cover up the rose bushes, and lower the storm windows. But climate changes don’t affect just autos, gardens and homes. According to CLn Skin Care medical experts, harsh frigid temperatures demand that we also protect our skin during this frosty season.
“Winter time can deliver a double-whammy when it comes to our skin,” says Dr. Diane S. Berson, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York City. “We deal with cold air outside, and forced heat inside, both of which can rob your skin of natural moisturizers and be quite damaging. Appropriate skin care is the first line of defense against dry, parched skin, and flare-ups of intense dehydration and irritation.”
During the winter months, skin often looks and feels dry, scaly and itchy. People with skin diseases like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis find exposure to cold and extreme temperature changes trigger and exacerbate these inflammatory symptoms. The goal of winterizing your skin is to maintain good skin barrier function and help prevent penetration of harmful bacteria. If you are under a doctor’s care, Dr. Berson suggests continuing prescription treatments as recommended.
To limit our winter skin woes, here are some tips from Dr. Berson we can all follow:
1. Drink plenty of water and limit your intake of coffee and alcohol, which are known dehydrators. An exception is moderate amounts of red wine, which is rich in beneficial anti-oxidants.
2. Always wash with a mild cleanser and warm water (never hot) and avoid long soaks in the shower or bath.
3. Look for emollient products containing glycerin like CLn® Facial Cleanser to help retain moisture.
4. When toweling off, pat -- don’t rub – your skin dry. Then lather on the moisturizer while skin is still moist. “Water alone can actually be drying because as it evaporates, moisture can be pulled from the skin. Applying emollients while traces of water are still there helps seal in the moisture.”
5. For areas that tend to crack and itch, such as feet, elbows and hands, use thicker creams and a non-drying cleanser like CLn® BodyWash that is preserved with sodium hypochlorite.
6. Remember to protect your scalp, which is analogous to your skin. Use a shampoo that cleanses the scalp by removing unwanted oils, dead skin cells, dull residues and debris from pores and hair shafts.
7. If you are a sports enthusiast or like to be active outdoors, it’s even more important to protect your skin during the winter. That’s because we tend to lose the protective lipid barrier in the cold when skin is drier and more fragile. Try CLn® SportWash which is designed to cleanse skin in active individuals without causing irritation, sensitization and dryness.
8. Skip the toner or astringent since these products can be drying.
9. Load up on emollients containing lipids and ceramides; humectants such as glycerin; and occlusive agents like petrolatum.
10. Add anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory products to your morning regimen and collagen repair creams at night.
“If you are considering certain cosmetic procedures, winter is a good time to schedule laser skin resurfacing to improve wrinkles, pigmentation and scars; or sclerotherapy to eliminate spider and varicose veins,” says Dr. Berson. “Sun exposure is limited and legs are typically covered so the treated skin surfaces are protected.”
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Founded by inventor and cardiologist Dr. Azam Anwar and internationally renowned Dermatopathologist Dr. Clay Cockerell, TopMD Skin Care released its premier product CLn® BodyWash in 2012. As an over-the-counter, non-prescription product, CLn BodyWash is an innovative, non-irritating gel cleanser designed to effectively cleanse skin prone to eczema, acne, infection and folliculitis. The cleanser has been clinically tested to be safe and effective in children (6 months and older). CLn BodyWash can be used in the shower or bath – head to toe – and emulates the effectiveness of a “bleach bath” with greater convenience and portability. Complementary brand products feature CLn SportWash, CLn Facial Cleanser, CLn Shampoo and soon to be introduced CLn Hand & Foot Wash. To learn more, visit http://www.clnwash.com.