Tips to Protect Skin From Cold Winter Weather

Summer isn't the only time to think about skin protection

MONDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Cold weather is drier and can have damaging or negative effects on skin, but there are steps people can take to look and feel better, according to Dr. Amy McMichael, a dermatologist at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

McMichael offered the following tips for protecting skin during the winter months:

  • Switch to a thicker facial and body moisturizer.
  • Do not use indoor tanning beds.
  • Limit alcohol consumption and avoid hot beverages to minimize rosacea flare-ups. Laser and chemical procedures are available that can help treat rosacea, melasma (a kind of skin discoloration) and other skin problems.
  • Take advantage of off-season or post-holiday sales on sun-protective clothing to help protect your skin all year long.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on dry skin.

Mary Elizabeth Dallas SOURCE: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, news release, Dec. 19, 2011.

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