Style & Beauty
Defending Your Skin against Colder Weathe
12/1/2019 1:00:00 PM
Defend your Skin

Winter can wreak havoc on your skin no matter where you live, but the steps needed to keep your face both resilient and brilliant through a dewy Louisiana winter differ from those of our frozen northern neighbors.

"There is no one-size-fits-all formula for winter-proofing your skin,” says Jennifer Lemons, licensed aesthetician and owner of Dermalogix Salon and Day Spa. 

While many skin care products address the harsh conditions of snow, sleet, and burning winds, traditionally accepted treatments can potentially do more harm than good for those of us spending part of the winter in short sleeves.

"As long as you’re appropriately using sunscreen, living in Louisiana has tremendous skin benefits. The year-long humidity makes the face more supple,” says Lemons. "It’s important to let your skin breathe. Commonly practiced winter skincare followed in more northern regions, such as applying heavy night creams and lotions, while rich in nutrients and antioxidants, can sometimes clog the pores, potentially triggering acne breakouts or sallow skin.”

Lemons offers some simple tips for winter-proofing your skin

Do not leave the house without applying sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. The damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays do not decrease during the winter months.

Don’t forget to moisturize! Dry, heated indoor air can dry out your skin in the winter and extra moisturizer may be needed. If you’re prone to dry skin, a humidifier may help as well. 

Choose a water-based hydrator or natural essential oil instead of creams. These can deliver the same health effects as creams, but without blocking pores. A tea tree oil is a great choice for a nighttime hydrator. 

If you’re experiencing an acne breakout, applying a very small amount of oil to your nighttime cleanser can help. However, if the acne persists it’s important to see your skin care specialist.

Avoid lotion-based masks. Gel and clay masks are a better choice. These purify and deeply clean the pores.

Take warm showers. Note the keyword here: "warm.” Hot showers will strip your skin of the natural oils it needs to stay lubricated. 

Speaking of showers, make sure you’re using soap that is free of perfumes, antibacterial components, or deodorants. 

Drink water! This is a big one. We typically remember to drink water in the hotter months because it cools us off, but you need it just as much in the winter. Drink at least eight glasses a day to reap the full benefits. Water is good for skin for many reasons, but one key thing it does is help your body with the production of the essential lubricating oils that will keep your skin supple throughout the cold winter months. 

Winter is a great time to pamper your skin, to repair sun damage from months in the sun. Try a rejuvenating facial treatment, or a customized treatment for any skin care issues you are experiencing. 

Home care matters! Using the right products at home is a critical component of good skin care. 

Follow these simple tips and keep your skin glowing through the new year! 

Have questions or want to learn more about winter proofing your skin? Call Dermalogix at (337) 477-1195 or visit 

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