Summer isn’t the only time to think about skin protection.
Cold weather is drier and can have damaging or negative effects on skin, but there are steps people can take to look and feel better, according to Dr. Amy McMichael, a dermatologist at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
McMichael offered the following tips for protecting skin during the winter months:
Switch to a thicker facial and body moisturizer.
Do not use indoor tanning beds.
Limit alcohol consumption and avoid hot beverages to minimize rosacea flare-ups. Laser and chemical procedures are available that can help treat rosacea, melasma (a kind of skin discoloration) and other skin problems.
Take advantage of off-season or post-holiday sales on sun-protective clothing to help protect your skin all year long.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on dry skin.