Dips in temperature and humidity can be a double dose of dermal disasters. Add to that gusting winds, reflection from the snow in some parts of the country, and shorter daylight throwing off our circadian rhythms, and our skin is completely out of sync. We “sure up” our cars and homes and change our wardrobe; winterizing our skin is just as essential.
To get the scoop on how to prep our skin for winter, I spoke to Ava Shamban, MD, a Board Certified Dermatologist based in Los Angeles who is the founder of of Ava MD Dermatology, SkinFive Medical Spas, and The Box by Dr Ava. Keep scrolling for her recommendations on keeping skin looking radiant during harsh winter months.
Ava Shamban, MD, a Board Certified Dermatologist based in Los Angeles and is the founder of Ava MD … [+]
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Winter can be a notoriously tricky time for keeping skin healthy and nourished. What are your top winter skincare tips?
Adjust your skincare routine. Dial back on application of retinoids to every other day and add a hyaluronic acid serum on top. Take a break from physical exfoliants or introduce a milder exfoliant like lactic acid, or use enzymes to lightly slough off skin without irritation.
Don’t forget sunscreen in winter; damage is done 365 days a year. I like Alastin HydraTint ProMineral Sunscreen SPF 36. Everyone needs a solid all-around sunscreen that can double as a light foundation, allowing for its consistent use. That’s why I’m delighted to include Alastin Hydratint, a lightweight, all-mineral SPF that provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, in my fall edition of The Box by Dr Ava. the entire staff at my dermatology practice rave about it’s smooth look and the glow it lends to the skin.
Use a richer body and face cream for the evening with ceramides and lipids—and HA or PGA—applied after a shower, bath while skin is still damp.
Boost moisture and fortify skin barrier using products to heal, moisturize, and seal. Consider a mask or overnight treatment for your face and a more occlusive product like a balm or petroleum-based jelly for key areas of dryness like heels, elbows, and knees.
Dial down shower water; more tepid temperatures and shorter showers will lessen transdermal water losses. Keep heat indoors at a minimum. Better to layer up than turn up the dry heating mechanism indoors that pulls water from the skin cells, leaving us dry as the Mojave.
Add a luxe hydrating essence mist over the course of the day. Try AFORÉ by Dr. Few CBD Effusive, a lightweight, antioxidant-infused mist that helps reduce redness and calm inflammation. CBD’s natural anti-inflammatory properties work in concert with green tea and witch hazel to naturally help calm skin and deliver refreshing hydration to parched skin. It’s incredibly soothing.
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