Protect skin from outdoor cold and indoor heat

12/29/2017, 12:02 p.m.
Although a long, hot shower or snuggling in a heavy sweater and other warm clothing in a toasty room might ...
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Facial issues

To prevent the face from becoming too dry, wash it with lukewarm—not hot—water, and use a mild facial cleanser. The American Academy of Dermatology advises that those who have oily facial skin might not need a moisturizer. Wait 20 minutes after washing, and then, if your face feels tighter, use a moisturizer, but only where it feels dry.

If you use prescription treatments for acne or other facial conditions, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends talking to your dermatologist about switching to more moisturizing versions to help offset the effects of winter. This step is especially important if you use products containing retinoids. Such products might be drying and increase the chance of the skin flaking and becoming red.

Outdoor protection

When heading outdoors into the cold, cover as much exposed skin as possible. Remember to use sunscreen or sunblock to help keep the sun’s ultraviolet rays from harming the skin. Snow can reflect more than 80 percent of the sun’s damaging ultraviolet radiation. So, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.

To help prevent chapped lips, apply a lip balm with a sun protection factor of at least 15. For maximum benefit, reapply the sunscreen and lip balm within two hours.