Although we don’t have to deal with snow or freezing temperatures in Beverly Hills, locals’ skin can often become dehydrated when the winter months come around and humidity levels drop in Los Angeles. Our dermatology team at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills sees plenty of patients who have common skin issues after the holiday season, such as chapped lips, itching, irritation, redness, chafing, and breakouts of acne, eczema, and psoriasis. During the holidays, we also tend to be more stressed and busier than usual, causing us to get less sleep. We indulge more in alcohol and sugary treats—both factors that can contribute to skin issues. Here are some basic tips that we recommend for soothing your skin in the typically dry, mild weather of a Southern California winter:
The water in your skin evaporates more quickly in dry air, leaving it tight, uncomfortable, and lined. Moisturizing your face and body at least twice a day is crucial during the winter to protect the skin barrier, even if you have oily skin. You can also use serums to give your skin an extra hydration boost.
It’s better to moisturize while your skin is still damp each time you have a shower and then another time during the day, such as before bedtime. Switch to a thick, cream moisturizer that nourishes the skin. Search for products that are high in ceramides, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid to keep your skin supple.
Take Shorter, Cooler Showers
A hot shower is relaxing, but hotter water unfortunately strips the skin of its natural oils and can harm the skin barrier. Try sticking to lukewarm water and shorter showers. Shorter should be easier if you don’t turn up the heat during the colder months!
It might seem to go without saying, but don’t forget about getting eight glasses of water or more per day, especially if you work out often. You can’t depend completely on topical products to fend off dry skin. It’s also important to stay internally hydrated. Drink a sufficient amount of water and other fluids, along with eating water-rich foods.
If your skin is chronically dry and irritated, talk to our specialists at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills to learn more about what could be causing the issue and which treatment options are available. Contact us online to request a consultation, or give us a call at 310-246-0495.Written by Dr. Derek Jones
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.