Protecting your skin
Your Charlotte dermatologist knows that in order for your skin to protect your body, you must protect it from the elements. We can safely say that winter is here, and in full force. Most of us have spent a lot of time and energy this week preparing for, and anticipating a blizzard. While awareness is high, we want to remind you that winter weather can mean the realization of unwanted problems, such as dry and cracked skin. Our goal is to help you keep your skin hydrated and beautiful, and this becomes difficult in the winter. The most threatening elements to healthy skin is low humidity and cold air. Additionally, cold weather actually has an even greater impact on your skin as you age. Hence, we will take this opportunity to offer helpful tips that you can use to protect your skin from cold weather.
Visit a dermatologist
Unfortunately, many people are convinced that skincare is easily attained by simply going to the drug store or grocery store to purchase products to protect your skin. Over the counter skin care product makers want everyone to believe that these products work for everyone. However, skin conditions are unique for every individual. Buying creams or cleansers based upon TV commercials bypasses the logic of getting the most accurate recommendations of a doctor who understands your skin condition. The first step towards protecting your skin against winter weather is to visit a board certified dermatologist. He or she has the training required to analyze and determine your exact skin type. You will also get valuable information to help you determine if your current skin regimen needs some adjustment. Rather than spending needless dollars on products that do not work for you, a dermatologist will only recommend products that are effective and designed for your skin condition. Consider the following advice, and make an appointment with your Charlotte dermatologist to make sure that your skin remains healthy in the winter.
Moisturize your skin
A critical component of winter skin care involves moisturizing. It is important to choose a cream or ointment moisturizer that add moisture to the skin as it provides a protective layer from the elements. It is important to seek professional recommendation for products that will not clog your pores, such as almond oil, primrose oil or mineral oil.
Always use sunscreen
Everyone understands that sunscreen use is very important during summer, but are you aware that it is just as important during winter? Winter UV rays are just as harmful to your skin, so be sure to continue applying sunscreen to exposed skin, even during the winter months. To avoid cracked and chapped lips, invest in a good lip balm that provides sunscreen. Snow glare and winter sun are a bad combination for your skin. Remember to apply the sunscreen and lip balm at least 30 minutes before you go outside.
A top Charlotte dermatologist for dry skin
If you are dealing with winter related itchy, burning, or cracked dry skin, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality and innovative treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your dry skin or any other skin condition.