Winter Skin CareWinter in Colorado can be especially brutal to your skin. The dry, cold air outside can lead to chapped, red skin on your face and hands. Even indoors, the heater dries out your skin. While some people just experience a little bit of skin tightness during the winter, some of us get badly cracked, flaking and chapped skin. So what can you do to nourish your skin? Consider tips from our team below:

Moisturize! The moisturization routine you used in the summer probably isn't effective in winter. An oil-based moisturizer may be better suited to the wintertime. Night creams can also be a good option because they tend to lock in your skin's natural oils.

Don't take the longest, hottest shower possible. After skiing or doing anything outdoors during Colorado winters, taking a steaming hot shower can feel really relaxing. But when your water is super-hot, the water breaks down the natural oils in your skin, leaving your skin dry and dehydrated. Although a long, hot shower may be tempting, your skin will thank you for a short, warm shower.

Cut back your exfoliation routine. Certain exfoliators and cleansers use ingredients that may dry out your skin, even though they have the benefit of whisking away dead skin cells. Exfoliate once or twice a week to maintain the benefit without over-drying your skin. As for cleansers, you may want to consider switching to a gentle, foaming cleanser or cleansing milk.

Don't skip sunscreen when you're outdoors. Though the sun is farther south, you can still get sunburn and sun damage in the winter. Always wear sunscreen for outdoor activities! Snow can cause bad burns by reflecting the sunlight back onto your face and exposed skin (don't forget your sunglasses either!).

Sometimes, your skin needs a little extra attention to restore a youthful, healthy glow. To learn about the SkinMedica® products and other skincare services at our practice, please call Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery at (720) 457-4471. We are located in Lone Tree and serve people from all over, including Denver and the surrounding areas.