Top Story: Winter Wonderland? Not for Your Skin
Dr. David Pearson was quoted in this HealthDay article about winter skin health. The article repurposed a news release sent by the Medical School and was republished by 100+ outlets. Dr. Pearson said moisturizing is essential. "It's pretty intuitive, but it bears repeating,” he said. “The environment treats our skin differently in the winter, and that means we may have to change our behaviors to acclimate."
As temperatures and humidity levels drop, your skin is more prone to losing moisture. Dr. Pearson notes some ingredients and steps to include in your skincare regimen:
- Using a thick moisturizing cream, commonly found in jars or tubes, is found to be more beneficial than something that comes out of a pump
- Ceramides are a good ingredient to look for because they have the ability to protect your skin against infections and external allergens.
- Use a gentle soap when washing
- Maintain your summer sunscreen routine
It is also important to take caution in cold temperatures, as frostbite can happen when skin temperature reaches 28° F or below. That only takes 30 minutes in 0° F weather. "Our skin isn't physiologically equipped for unprotected, prolonged exposure to these temperatures, so be sure to put on a warm coat and hat when you're going outside," Dr. Pearson advised.
Especially in northern regions like Minnesota, it is critical that our skin is correctly taken care of.