The winter can be a very difficult time to preserve the hydration in your skin. As the air becomes cool and dry, the skin dries out as well. Preventing cracked skin can get harder as the winter months drag on, so it is important to have some tricks up your sleeve to keep your skin looking its best. We’ve compiled some tips to help you retain your healthy glow during the winter season.

Distance Yourself from the Fireplace

There’s nothing like cozying up to a fire when it is cold out, but this can be dangerous for your skin. The heat can wick moisture from your skin quickly, and dry out the air around you. Having moisture in the air is what keeps your skin from drying out, so a lack of air humidity can lead to drier skin, faster.

Avoid Shaving When You Can

Shaving is a surefire way to irritate the skin. When irritated skin is exposed to the cold, dry air, it instantly starts to dry out. If you must shave, it is recommended to use sharp razors and moisturizing shaving creams to minimize irritation.

Easy on the Flavored Lip Balm

Chapped lips are one of the first things we experience due to cold weather, and it can be difficult to stay on top of once it starts. Lip balm is an excellent way to keep the lips moisturized, but flavored balms can tempt you to lick your lips and cause further damage. Dermatologists recommend flavor-less lip balm in the winter to prevent the temptation.

Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!

The easiest and most effective step you can take is to regularly moisturize your skin. Ensuring your skin maintains a healthy level of moisture is critical to fighting the cold weather that causes dry skin. However, not all lotions and moisturizers are the same. We recommend using a lotion that works best with your unique skin type, as heavier and thicker creams may not necessarily be the best option.

Is Your Skin Health Important to You?

At The Kole Plastic Surgery Center, your health is the number one priority. Serving patients in Philadelphia, Southampton, and the surrounding areas, The Kole Plastic Surgery Center offers plastic surgery and medspa treatments to those looking to improve their appearance. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

FAQ:

What is the difference between cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is always performed to reshape otherwise normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient’s general overall appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective surgery.

Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal body parts either caused by developmental abnormalities, congenital defects, trauma, infection, benign or malignant tumors or other diseases. Reconstructive surgery is usually performed to improve function, but may also be performed to restore the patient to a near normal appearance. Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most commercial health insurance plans although coverage usually requires a pre-approval. There are a number of “gray areas” in coverage approvals for plastic surgery procedures that require consideration by an insurance carrier prior to approval. These areas usually involve surgical procedures which may be considered either reconstructive or cosmetic in nature. For example, Eyelid Surgery (blepharoplasty) of the upper lids – a procedure normally performed to achieve cosmetic improvement – may be covered if the eyelids are drooping severely and obscuring a patient’s vision.