2 Tips For Winter Skin
Besides the garden variety advice of drinking lots of water and slathering on the moisturizer, there are actually things you shouldn’t do to your skin when the mercury drops – as tempting as it is right now! Here, Dr. Lisa Kellett tells you straight up what they are.
#1 DON’T take hot showers
It may be tempting to take nice long hot, steamy shower after a day out in the cold, but be careful. Hot water dries out skin and hair by stripping your skin of its natural moisturizing oils. This can cause skin to become dry, irritated and uncomfortable (chafing for the guys). Washing in lukewarm temperatures is more beneficial to your skin because it may help expand your pores to some degree, which is necessary in order to remove dirt and bacteria that may be clogged within them. DO use tepid water when you shower, or at least end off your shower with lukewarm water. Then apply moisturizer immediately after stepping out of the shower to lock moisture into the skin. Also, rinse facial cleansers off with cold water. Cold water causes pores to tighten and leaves you less susceptible to damage.
#2 DON’T use petroleum jelly on your face at night
The classic Vaseline-in-a-glove trick may work for overnight moisture repair on your hands, but don’t apply this trick on your face where anti-aging is your main concern. Although moisturizing is very important, using petroleum jelly will clog your pores. The only thing that has been shown scientifically to prevent wrinkles is something with an active ingredient such as retin A or retinol. Try the Clear Clinical Vitamin A 1% retinol booster serum, sold exclusively at DLK on Avenue. These have been shown microscopically to stimulate collagen and helps elastin to help plump up wrinkles. DO layer a retinol serum underneath a moisturizing night cream. Wearing sunscreen year-round is important to protect your skin from UV damage, which can lead to wrinkles, brown spots, and skin cancer. Use a day cream with added sunscreen, or a moisturizing oil-free sunscreen like the Kellett Skincare Reflect Anti-Aging Lotion SPF 30.