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When temperatures plummet, there are so many things that begin to dry out your skin. It’s almost impossible to keep smooth summer-ready skin through the winter months. After getting home from a long cold day, a hot shower is all you want. Hot baths and showers can dissolve the protective barrier in the skin, which leads to dryness. When the weather sinks below freezing, the humidity also decreases, sucking the moisture out of your skin. The lack of humidity in the air is compounded by the use of indoor heating. As the air becomes drier, more moisture from your skin is lost to the dry air.
Here are some tips to combat the cold and have beautiful skin all year round:
• A humidifier is helpful because it replaces some of the moisture in the air so it will not be as drying to your skin.
• Use heavy moisturizers to help lock in the moisture in your skin like Éclair Naturals All Over Lotion (anything lavender scented is my personal favorite).
• Use gentle creamy soap that won’t strip the moisture from your skin, bar soaps are the best. I love the Éclair Naturals Oatmeal Mint bar soap.
• Exfoliation is an important part of any body care regimen, and is imperative in the winter. It helps to slough off dead skin cells and reveal the vibrant fresh cells underneath. But it is important to exfoliate gently to avoid irritation that can result in red, dry and flaky skin.
• It’s important to moisturize immediately after exfoliating in order to lock in the moisture to keep these fresh cells as vibrant as possible. Therefore a product like Éclair Naturals French Lavender Dead Sea Salt Scrub is ideal because in addition to the salt for exfoliating, it also contains powerful emollients like jojoba oil and sweet almond oil that immediately soothe the skin and lock in moisture.
• I recommend exfoliating three times per week and then increase the frequency up to daily in the colder months if your skin is tolerating it without irritation.
Information on Dr. Hadley King:
Dr. Hadley King, MD is a board certified dermatologist who specialized in general, medical, and surgical dermatology. She is also a clinical instructor of dermatology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. King graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in biochemistry. She then received her MD from Columbia University. She trained in medicine at Greenwich Hospital, affiliated with Yale University School of Medicine, and completed her dermatology residency at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Following residency, Dr. King worked as an attending physician at Memorial Sloan –Kettering Cancer Center, during which time she specialized in cutaneous oncology and photodynamic therapy. She also has a background in immunology and her research has been published in a variety of medical journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association.