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The Winter Skin You Are In!

Originally Posted: January 21, 2011

Dr. Paul E. Kelly, M.D.

Skin care in the winter is definitely different than skin care during warmer months. (fabandfru.com)

Southampton - The temperatures are cold, the wind is biting and chaffing and dryness to our skin is simply a way of being. But is there something that can be done to minimize the effects of winter on our outer cover? The answer is absolutely YES!

Don't forget sunscreen even in the winter months.

Skin care in the winter is definitely different than skin care during warmer months - months which are marked by elevated temperatures and high humidity. The most important difference is in the type of moisturizer used during the cold season. During summer months a lighter lotion like moisturizer is most appropriate while in the winter months a heavier cream based product serves best to retain moisture and prevent drying. But pay attention - use of a heavy moisturizer can lead to winter acne if an active exfoliation routine is ignored.

The suggestion for active weekly if not daily exfoliation remains in effect all year. The theory that a poorly exfoliated countenance lacks the ability to absorb moisture and oils remains true. When one uses a heavier moisturizer it is important to avoid pore closure and clogging. Pore inclusions are generally circumvented by an active exfoliation routine. That routine could include chemical exfoliants such as glycolic products, vitamin A based products like Renova or a select few of the vitamin C products. Mechanical exfoliations with a beaded scrub or a coarse wash cloth or cleansing pad is another option. Finally, don't forget your sunscreen - yes, even in the winter months.

Tolerate the winter weather and enjoy the great outdoors knowing that your evening on the town will still be marked by glowing healthy skin. Take care of the skin you are in all year round, and that skin will take care of you.

Dr. Kelly, MD is a facial plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Kelley currently practices with ENT Allergy Associates. www.peconic-faces.com

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