Heavy sweater, puffy jacket, gloves, scarf, earmuffs and you’re set to waddle out into the great (winter) outdoors, bundled up and trying your best to protect yourself against the harsh cold air. But one thing you’re probably forgetting during the coldest months of the year? Your skin’s ability to fight against aging. That’s right: believe it or not, the wintertime can have a damaging effect on your skin’s elasticity and health.
“The combination of windy, cold, dry weather outside and humidity-depleting heaters indoors works to drain our skin of vital moisture during winter months,” explains Dr. Arash Akhavan, MD, FAAD, founder and owner of The Dermatology & Laser Group in NYC. “Our dewy, hydrated summer glow can quickly fade to a dull and ashy appearance,” he adds.
And if you don’t know already by now, lack of hydration can cause your skin to produce more wrinkles and dry out much faster. So how do you combat these conditions? Dermatologists offer their best solutions, ahead.