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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

How to Protect Your Skin From Harsh Winter Conditions

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Posted November 09, 2018 in CPL

Every year it is important to remember to protect your skin from harsh winter conditions. Following a winter-focused beauty routine is essential for maintaining youthful, healthy skin. Here are a few useful tips for maintaining beautiful skin throughout the coldest season.

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Beware of Heaters

There’s nothing better than the glow of the fireplace or sitting next to the space heater in the winter months, but this can be quite detrimental to one’s skin. Heaters dry out the skin, which can cause a host of problems like inflammation and premature aging. A little time in front of the radiator is necessary when it is cold, just remember to take breaks.

Use Sunscreen

When the bright summer sun is out, sunscreen is a given. During frigid winters, many people make the mistake of thinking they don’t need protection from the sun. Ultraviolet radiation is present all year round, so a high SPF sunscreen is crucial to prevent skin disease and slow down the effects of aging. Those who notice frequent acne breakouts after applying sunscreen should consider a hypoallergenic formula. Sunscreen can keep the skin looking great and help prevent cancer. That’s a big win for healthy skin.

Moisturize

Winter conditions bring harsh winds that quickly dry out the skin. A good moisturizer will protect the skin from drying and cracking. Applying lotion after bathing is a sure way to keep your skin in excellent condition through the winter.

Drink Plenty of Water

During the holiday season, everyone tends to get preoccupied with juggling festivities and daily life. One thing that many of us forget is to drink water. Hydration is a critical component in preventing dry skin. It is necessary to stay hydrated even when it is icy outside. Try drinking hot drinks or warm water to encourage a healthy amount of fluid consumption.

Utilize Cosmetic Procedures to Correct Damage

If years of winter damage have already taken a toll, then corrective measures might be needed. Treatments such as intense pulsed light (IPL) could help rejuvenate skin that has been negatively affected by cold weather conditions. Dr. Taranow offers more advanced skin treatments, including Clareon Pulsed Light (CPL). CPL uses wavelengths of light to penetrate layers of skin and treat various conditions. This non-invasive procedure can reduce acne, improve wrinkles, and remove rosacea. Many patients see improvement within their first treatment.

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Protection from the sun, keeping the skin moisturized, and avoiding winter damage is essential to staying healthy during the winter. If the skin is already showing damage or aging, then cosmetic procedures may help. Bundle up, stay warm, and have a happy winter season.

If you are interested in Clareon Pulsed Light treatments or any other form of cosmetic enhancement, schedule a consultation with Dr. Taranow. Call 212-772-2100 or fill out the contact form here.