Monday, November 4, 2013

Dr. Miller's Tips for Updating Your Fall Skincare Routine

Think of your skincare products like you do your wardrobe - you wouldn't wear a winter coat in the summer, would you? Just like your clothes, the products you use on your skin should be appropriate for the season. Now that the leaves are starting to fall in Greenville, it’s time to change tactics and choose products that keep your skin soft and moisturized. The following are Dr. Miller’s tips for maintaining healthy skin during the cooler months.

1. Switch up your cleanser

Opt for a gentle, hydrating cleanser in the fall and winter. Cold weather can dry out your skin, and alcohol-based toners and cleansers with harsh detergents can further irritate your skin. Cream-based cleansers are usually mild and forgiving during the winter season. Look for products with ceramides, which are natural lipids (fats) that help skin retain moisture. Research indicates that people with dry skin have lower levels of ceramides than people with normal skin.

2. Exfoliate!

Although it may seem counterintuitive, using a skin-sloughing agent is actually the best way to treat parched, flaky skin. Use a face and body scrub twice a week to whisk away dead skin cells. For your face, choose a gentle, fragrance-free exfoliant with glycerin, since the skin on your face is more sensitive than the rest of your body. Also look out for oil-based scrubs, which hydrate while they exfoliate. 

3. Use a heavier moisturizer

During the fall and winter months, wind tends to chap the skin and heat from radiators can dry it out. Keep your skin healthy by applying a thick moisturizer both in the morning and at night, paying special attention to the areas around your eyes and mouth. Remember that dry skin makes wrinkles and fine lines look more pronounced. 

4. Remember your sunscreen

You may not be lounging by the beach or pool, but that doesn’t mean you can skip the sunscreen. A good rule of thumb is to apply sunscreen whenever you leave the house, no matter the weather. Be sure to read the labels carefully – opt for a broad spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB coverage. For day-to-day use, SPF 15 should be fine. If you spend several hours outside, remember to reapply every two hours.

5. Personalize!

Everyone’s skin is different, so the best thing you can do is personalize your skin routine to your own unique characteristics – age, the climate where you live, your skin type, etc. A dermatologist can make individualized recommendations for your skin and suggest products that work well together. Greenville Dermatology’s retail store carries a variety of products that are gentle and moisturizing, perfect for the fall and winter months. To speak with a dermatologist, stop by today or call us at (864) 242-5872. 

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