Geese fly south. Bears contemplate hibernation. We transition from miniskirts to sweaterdresses. Yes, it feels like fall—and winter’s not far behind. But what you might not realize is that in addition to keeping yourself warm and away from the chills and the snow, you also need to prepare your skin for the season. These tips from Ronald L. Moy, MD, founder of innovative skincare line DNA EGF Renewal, can help you winterize your beauty routine.
Winter can affect your skin in the following ways:
*Cold, dry weather with lower humidity can increase skin’s dryness, which decreases the skin’s natural lipids, which keep skin’s cells together and keep the skin hydrated. This lipid barrier is a vital first line of defense for your skin. Keeping skin properly hydrated can reduce the effects of aging.
* Skin can become itchy, flaky, and chapped
* Due to excessive hand-washing to ward off the cold and flu germies, that increases the dryness of the skin on your hands. If you are using a nighttime treatment that keeps skin hydrated, such as DNA Night Renewal ($130, DNAEGFrenewal.com), after you’re done applying it to your face, rub the excess treatment on your hands. In addition to hydrating the skin, DNA Night Renewal, in addition to being an excellent nighttime lotion, maximizes cell repair as you’re sleeping so that your skin can recover its youth.
Dr. Moy recommends the following actions to combat the effects of winter on your skin:
*Don’t use really hot water on your face and body
*Use a gentle cleanser that is sulfate-free along with warm (not hot!) water to wash your face
* Don’t forget to apply moisturizer after cleansing. Try DNA Intensive Renewal ($125, DNAEGFrenewal.com), which is a lightweight daytime and nighttime lotion that targets the skin’s natural DNA repair processes, hydrating skin to counter the effects of aging. This lotion also prevents future and lightens current hyperpigmentation, soothes inflammation, and restores an even skin tone.
* Stay hydrated and eat a diet rich in Omega 3s
*Don’t forget your SPF! UV exposure and photo damage is higher in the snow than on the beach. After applying DNA Intensive Renewal in the morning, you can use DNA Defense SPF 30+ ($45, DNAEGFrenewal.com) to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. It also provides good hydration for dry, winter-affected skin, and it infuses it with stuff that’s good for your skin, like Vitamin E and Vitamin A.
DNA EGF Renewal is free of fragrance, parabens and sulfates, and they can be used by men and women alike. Want to learn more about the DNA EGF Renewal skincare line? Visit DNAEGFrenewal.com.