Top tips for taking care of winter skin

10 January 2013

Advice has been offered to those who are struggling to keep their skin fresh and hydrated during the harsh winter months. Speaking to New Jersey newspaper the Record, chief of dermatologic and cosmetic surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center Dr Robin Ashinoff reminded people that it is important to wear sunscreen in winter as well as summer, as the sun can still penetrate the skin and cause long-term damage.It is also important for individuals to avoid moisturisers that contain fragrances or perfumes, as they can irritate the skin and cause conditions such as eczema or psoriasis to worsen when the weather is cold. Meanwhile, Dr David Bonney, a dermatologist at the Dermatology Group, noted two of the most important skincare ingredients to look out for when buying moisturisers are ceramides and humectants, as these work to “replace lost moisture in the skin and promote retention of moisture”. He advised people to reduce the amount of time they spend under a hot shower in the winter and ensure they apply moisturiser afterwards. “The hot water breaks down the lipids [fats] in the skin and results in a loss of moisture,” Dr Bonney explained. “Having that little bit of water plus the lotion will help lock in the moisture.” Read the full article here: