Winter Skin Care Tips

Aesthetic treatments, such as volume-adding injectables, can give your skin the help it needs to reduce deep wrinkles, recharge the internal processes that keep it healthy and young looking, or fill in hollow areas. That said, nothing should ever replace a good, everyday skin care routine and all of the lifestyle habits necessary for promoting skin health from the inside out, such as clean eating and hydration. With that in mind, it’s especially important to give some extra attention to your skin during the colder winter months (yes, even in the sunny Hollywood area). Local dermatology practice Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills is known for cosmetic and medical dermatology, but the team also provides advice on at-home routines and general skin care.

Skin is very sensitive to changes in temperature and other environmental factors. Strong winds, humidity or dryness, and intense heat or cold can irritate the skin, potentially causing flare ups of existing disorders, such as acne or eczema. Having a seasonal skin care routine helps to maintain a radiant complexion not just in particular months, but all year round. During the winter months, when the air is dry and indoor heating takes a toll, attention should be given to routines that prevent skin from becoming cracked and flaky.

Heat and sun can still affect the skin during December in the Southern California area. Our physicians recommend routinely applying a high-SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen, avoiding sun exposure during its most intense hours (even when there’s cloud cover), and wearing protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses when outdoors. UV rays, though weaker in wintertime, can still penetrate the skin and cause damage. Planning on going for a snow-filled getaway on some tantalizing slopes? Winter-proof for your ski trip by moisturizing often, drinking plenty of water, using a humidifier, and, of course, applying sunblock.

On the bright side, you can take advantage of the milder weather by addressing previous sun damage from earlier in the year. Laser skin resurfacing is popular during this time of the year. The Fraxel laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) laser are two energy-based treatments that can significantly improve the appearance of sun damage, such as broken blood vessels, blotches, sunspots, and wrinkles. Winter weather also provides a built-in excuse for staying indoors after a treatment.

Improve your skin’s health and appearance with cosmetic or medical dermatology treatments available in the Hollywood area from Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills. Book an appointment with a dermatologist today by calling 310-246-0495 or filling out a contact form.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.