How to Treat Your Sensitive Winter Skin

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Sensitive Winter SkinWinter winds and dropping temperatures reduce our skin's moisture levels and deplete its natural defenses. The changes can make skin flaky, itchy, dry, red and irritated. If you have sensitive skin, your symptoms may be even more severe. When freezing weather launches its attack, it's not always enough to use unscented products or to avoid certain ingredients. Fortunately, you can battle sensitive skin in winter with preventative and ongoing treatment that includes several key elements.

Use Quality Skin Serums to Boost Vitality

It's important to make sure that your sensitive skin gets plenty of added moisture and has the proper balance of nutrients to repair itself and retain moisture properly. Nutrient-dense skin serums can help. Serums contain smaller molecules than typical moisturizers. While both are beneficial, serums penetrate more deeply and deliver concentrated nutrients to your skin's cells. Serums with anti-inflammatory properties are especially helpful when sensitive skin and winter combined produce redness and itching or chapped skin. You can also choose from serums with antioxidant or anti-aging ingredients. Try our DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge ultimate hyaluronic serum, which helps restore hydration and has anti-aging properties. After applying your skin serum, seal in moisture and protect your skin with a great moisturizer. Our DERMAdoctor Calm Cool & Corrected moisturizes and soothes sensitive skin. Your skin responds to your internal moisture levels too, so drink plenty of fluids to compensate for dry winter air both inside and outside your home.

Yes, You Need Sunscreen in Winter

When you're wrapped in a scarf and shivering as you tread through snow, the sun's effect on your skin is probably the last thing on your mind. In reality, the sun can just as easily damage your skin in the winter cold as it can in the summer heat. The sun's rays can exacerbate sensitive skin symptoms, especially when they reflect off a snowy, white landscape. Sun damage also eventually leads to premature skin aging, discoloration and in some cases, skin cancer. Wear a quality sunscreen that protects your vulnerable, sensitive skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Apply it every time you spend time outside, and be sure to reapply it every two hours. You can even use a multi-purpose product like our DERMAdoctor DD Cream; it has SPF 30, gives a healthy coverage (you can skip the foundation) is mineral based, and works on all complexions.

Exfoliation: Know When to Stop

To reduce the dry, dull look of winter skin and allow moisturizers and serums to reach their target cells, it's important to remove dead skin cells from your complexion. However, over-exfoliating your sensitive skin can make it more vulnerable to irritation or even damage its healthy cells. Since everyone's skin is different, it's difficult to make a general recommendation about exfoliation frequency, but if your skin is getting paradoxically drier and more irritated despite regular exfoliation, you may be doing it too often. Gentle exfoliating ingredients like papaya, pineapple, alpha hydroxy acids and glycolic or lactic acids are most effective when used in moderation. Try our DERMAdoctor Physical Chemistry facial microdermabrasion and chemical peel, as it combines two treatments in one easy to use product that removes dead cells and dry flaky skin to leave you with a radiant complexion.

Take a Well-Rounded Approach

We believe that keeping your skin healthy year-round requires good habits, good products and consistency. Maintain your skin care routine diligently even if your sensitive skin symptoms abate; this will help ensure that you don't end up back at square one. If you take a smart, multifaceted approach, your skin can look and feel great even when Old Man Winter delivers his icy stare.

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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