It’s that time of year again. With colder, wetter days at hand and a string of holidays on the horizon, winter is on its way. Given the busy—and even stressful—nature of the season, proper skin care can easily take a back seat to shopping, cleaning, planning, prepping, and social engagements (as well as recovering from them).
Give your skin the gift of good health this season, starting with these tips from our board-certified dermatologists. (As Beverly Hills and Hollywood-area dermatology experts. the team is also encouraging Southern Californians to re-visit last year’s advice for winter skin health.)
• Enjoy a colorful diet. Vibrant yellow, orange, and red fruits and vegetables, rich purple beets, and leafy greens are all packed with antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation and improve overall body health. Reduced chances of inflammation lower the likelihood of an acne outbreak and keep skin looking more youthful longer. It’s OK to indulge every now and then during the holiday season, but consider fish loaded with healthy fats, nuts, and beans when looking for protein. Eat sweets and sugary treats in moderation. Holiday baking is often a welcome activity, but overly fatty foods can have a negative impact on your skin.
• Don’t drop your skin care routine. As noted above, the steady stream of winter holidays, starting with Thanksgiving (or Halloween, for some people), can make life hectic. Given the go, go, go feeling of the season, it may be tempting to set proper skin care aside as an unnecessary addition to a packed morning or day. Resist! Maintaining a routine, from moisturizing in the morning to removing all of your makeup before bed, is vitally important to healthy, beautiful skin.
• Stop putting off a visit to a dermatologist. It’s easy to let this one slide, since it involves setting up an appointment and making a stop at an office. Considering the lifelong benefits of professional dermatological care, however, a small investment now can pay big dividends in the future, whether that’s naturally smooth skin for years, the elimination of an aesthetic problem that’s long been bothering you, or even the identification of a potentially harmful skin condition. Surveys show that most New Year’s Resolutions quickly fizzle out, so don’t wait till Jan. 1 to resolve to make an appointment.
• As always, the Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills team emphasizes staying out of the sun, even if it’s not out for long and stays covered by clouds. Wear sunscreen—yes, even when its overcast—or cover up exposed skin for physical protection from skin-damaging ultraviolet radiation.
Talk to the board-certified Dr. Derek Jones, Dr. Naissan Wesley, and Dr. Jeanette Black at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, a physician-only practice serving the Los Angeles and Hollywood areas with dermatology advice and treatments. Call 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.