BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE: SAVING YOUR SKIN THIS WINTERby Kim Coston

BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE: SAVING YOUR SKIN THIS WINTER

lead-image-saving-winter-skinZ’Scoop’s skin winterizing recommendations are underpinned with some expert advice from board-certified dermatologist Dr. Janet Hill Prystowsky, with over 25 years experience, to help you prevent winter frostbite, sunburn, cold and dryness.

dr-janethillprystowskiStay Warm
Says Dr. Prystowsky: “If you have to go outdoors, protect areas that are most at risk: Wear a hat that covers your ears, cover your face even with a face mask or scarf, mittens are much better than gloves, and wear two pair of socks or tights with socks and boots. Your core body should be protected with loose, multiple layers. Fabrics should be polypropylene, wool, fleece and waterproof if it is wet outside.”

Rescue Extremities
Gloves are a must for men and women because nails and cuticles can crack; severe cold and dryness can even create eczema. Use petroleum or glycerin-based products on hands and feet.

stay-warmBurn Protection
Sunscreens help prevent skin cancer but also sun damage contributing to wrinkles, brown blotches, and premature unsightly photo aging. Broad-spectrum sunscreens that block UVB burning and UVA penetrating rays that cause photo aging are best. Both decrease skin cancer risk.

Lip Service
In North America, men are 5-10 times more likely to have lip cancer than women. But both should use high SPF lip-blocks with ingredients like petrolatum, dimethicone and glycerin plus UVA/UVB screens to remain kissable.

Shorter Showers
Bathe or shower with lukewarm water and if skin is itchy, use readily available soaps with oatmeal or baking soda ingredients.

oatmeal-soapMore Plus More Moisture
Almond, avocado, primrose or mineral oil are all non-clogging products to apply right after bathing to re-moisturize skin. When it’s cold outside, be sure to switch to gentle foaming or milky cleansers, non-alcohol toners and deep hydrating masks. Avoid peels, drying clay masks or astringents.

Super Plus Humidifiersportable-humidifier
Try to keep a 50%+ humidity level at home or if possible in the workplace to humidify dry skin. Inexpensive portable models are readily available.

no-smoking-no-drinkingTaboos: Smoking and Drinking
Always pour beverages into a glass rather than puckering up with a straw. Besides the dehydrating effects of alcohol, pursing your lips can create premature wrinkles around the mouth. And as Dr. Janet reminds us, “This also occurs when smoking cigarettes, and the drying effect of the smoke chisels them into skin around the mouth. Best advice: don’t smoke and drink in moderation.”

Z’Scoop’s Winterizing Skin Recommendations:

Face
Cerave Skin Renewing Night Cream — An extra depth charge of hydrating ceramides and peptides moisture, improving elasticity, reducing fine lines.

Body
Amlactin Moisturizing Body Lotion — Lactic acid lotion for those with super-dry skin.

Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
Neutrogena SPF 100 with HELIOPLEX Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection, ultra-light, shine-free finish.

Hands and Feet
Legendary 8 Hour Cream by Elizabeth Arden — works miracles on cuticles and calluses.

Lips
Zen Zinc SPF 30+ zinc oxide — to moisturize, soothe and revitalize with certified organic botanicals, oils and extracts. Protects with multi-spectrum UVA & UVB sun block.

Information
All products are available at amazon.com. Click on product name to order.
AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion
Cerave Skin Renewing Night Cream
Elizabeth Arden eight Hour Cream
Neutrogena SPF 100 Broad Spectrum Sun Protection
ZenZinc SPF 30 Lip Care

Watch
PIX11 Television broadcast – Dr. Janet Prystowsky, MD talks about How to prevent frostbite during the winter

 


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