Love the Skin You’re In

Winterize your skincare during the winter months for soft, supple skin in the summer months!

Skin protection is a must! You must take care of your skin in order for it to love you back. When your skin struggles to produce enough lipid to keep it moist, it is time for you to give an extra hand to your body by pampering your skin with some extra care to make it soft and glowy again. Here is how it works for the coldest time of the year.

Start from Head to Toe
When the skin lacks in moisture or lipids, it can be easily spotted during your daily cleansing routine. If your skin immediately feels tight, parched or even itchy after taking a shower or bath, this could be a sign that it is not able to produce enough lipids. After facial cleansing, these dry signs may show up as well. If your skin begins to show some of these signs, it is time for some special treatment and TLC; starting with the shower. There are many shower oils and creams that contain rich formulations and ingredients – such as shea butter or almond oil –  that are able to moisturize the skin while your showering. There also are nourishing body creams and lotions with re-fatting ingredients that favor the skin with moisture while promoting its own lipid production with their own components that are very similar to the natural skin lipids: ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol.

Winterize your Hands & Nails
Your hands are especially sensitive during the cold season, as the skin is very thin and barely has subcutaneous fatty tissue. You must be sure to wear gloves or mittens while outdoors to create a barrier between your hands and the cold air. Chemical substances such as aggressive cleansing household products or excessive hand washing with soap can take a heavy toll on this sensitive part of the body. Try to protect your hands from the daily exposure of the warm water and the harmful impact of household cleaning products by making sure to keep a tube of hand cream handy by your kitchen and bathroom sinks for easy access to be used after each hand wash everyday. When drying your hands, be sure to keep them a little moist so that the application of the hand cream can help lock in the moisture from the water. Do not forget to rub the hand cream into your nail cuticles as well, as this skin tends to be drier in the winter months too. When the skin’s protective barrier is destroyed, in the worst scenario, the body’s own defense may overreact and cause an inflammatory reaction.

As a consequence, this may lead to skin disorder called eczema. Dermatologists have confirmed that there is an increase of hand eczema cases during winter season. Rich, hypo-allergenic hand creams should be used not to only provide important nutrients to the skin but  to also leave a protective film on the skin that will help prevent the outermost layer of your skin from drying out. Precious ingredients such as glycerin or urea moisturize the skin, whereas hand creams with UV protection and ingredients that are proven to have a depigmenting effect can further protect your hands from premature aging while reducing the first signs of aging.

Sugar, Oil and Butter for Silky Soft Skin
Not only your hands tend to dry out during winter season. The same effect applies to your elbows and knees, in comparison to the rest of our body. Your knees and elbows do not have sebaceous glands that produce lipids to keep the skin in these areas nourished and supple. With the use of an exfoliant (i.e. with sugar scrub), sloughing away dead skin cells on your body boosts blood circulation and also increases the absorption capacity of the new skin beneath of the products applied to help your skin repair itself. When you find yourself dealing with flaky, patchy or extensively dry skin, body oils and butter work at its best when massaged into the skin that is free of dead skin cells and clogged pores. Chapped, dry lips are also common during the winter season, as your lips have very few sebaceous glands and the skin on your lips is thin and sensitive. Lip care involves some extra care to stay soft, with the aid of lip balms, lip butters and petroleum jelly. For extensive dryness and flaking on the lips, a homemade lip scrub made of petroleum jelly and sugar brushed on the lips to slough off dry, chapped skin is a good way to keep your lips supple.

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Wendy E. Roberts, M.D.

Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist; President, Women’s Dermatologic Society

As a board-certified Dermatologist and a board-certified Dermatopathologist, Dr. Wendy E. Roberts specializes in Cosmetic Dermatology, Ethnic Skin of Color, Geriatric Dermatology and Generational Dermatology. Dr. Roberts and “The Roberts Skin Type Classification System©” inspired her recent appearance on The Today Show and a nationally televised, first of it’s kind, ‘skin health’ program, entitled “America’s Ethnic Skin” addressing the special concerns, challenges and issues affecting an increasingly diverse America.

Dr. Roberts is the Founding Director of Dermatopathology of Loma Linda Division of Dermatology. Dr. Roberts has tackled and triumphed over a comprehensive range of skin problems, diseases and conditions using innovative methods that have earned her national recognition. Dr. Roberts is a forerunner in her medical specialty. Her pioneering research includes developing a Dual therapy regimen for the treatment of Melasma and other disorders of facial hyperpigmentation. Dr. Roberts has also developed a Skin Type Classification which is published in the May, 2008 Journal of Drugs in Dermatology “The Roberts Skin Type Classification System ©” which is groundbreaking in its approach to identifying and communicating medical details regarding all skin color types.

In 2004, Dr. Roberts founded a national outreach skin cancer screening program called “Play Safe in the Sun” which travels to LPGA tournaments and provides free Sun Safety education and skin cancer screenings.

Dr. Roberts is currently President of the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS). She is a Past-President of the State of California Dermatologic Society (Calderm). As a member of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), Dr. Roberts has served on numerous committees including the 2008 American Academy of Dermatology Nominating Committee, Organizational Structure Health Care Delivery Committee and Melanoma and Skin cancer screening. She was also appointed to the Stanford University Medical Alumnae Board Governors to which she currently serves.

Dr. Roberts is frequently quoted in the national media including New Beauty, Self, Allure, Essence, Prevention, Readers Digest, O – The Oprah Magazine, CNN radio, XM radio, CBS, NBC television, and the Los Angeles Times. She is also the author of numerous published articles and textbook chapters.

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