Winter Skin Protection the way a dermatologist does it

From cleansing to scrubbing and changing things up (plus how she avoids turkey neck), read on for tips from Rebecca Kazin, MD, FAAD (http://www.rkmd.com), dermatologist at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology:

  1. Avoid the over-scrub: Even if you suffer from acne, skin shouldn’t be squeaky clean. Too much scrubbing only exacerbates the problem because it can cause irritation and lead to more breakouts. Use a scrub three times a week, max.
  2. Be gentle: You don’t need to wash with an antibacterial soap, as it can severely dry skin and lead to itching and redness. Instead, use a gentle cleanser. If you suffer from acne, use a clarifying cleanser with salicylic acid.
  3. Don’t overhaul it all: If you’re skin care regimen isn’t giving you results you want, simply change one product at a time. Otherwise, you may have a reaction, and if you’re using five new products at once, you’ll have no idea what caused it. Use a new product for at least four weeks before adding another new one into your routine.
  4. Protect your neck: And chest, and hands. They all give away your age faster than your face. Apply the same anti-aging products that you use on your complexion on your neck, chest, and hands to rejuvenate skin and protect against wrinkles, slack skin, and discoloration.

Winter is the time, especially with the temperatures dipping way down l-o-w…means extra care.  Remember what you do in the winter, will show in the spring. This is not just for the ladies – fellas – your skin needs special treatment too. So take care and be kind.

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