Understanding the Need for Change
As we enter in to another new year, change is something that may be on your mind. When you look at the grand scheme of life, you can see that, really, we are persistently in transition. We get new jobs, new homes, new friends. Here, we want to talk about the changes that relate to your skin. The appearance, texture, and tone of the skin also evolves with the passage of time. It isn't only aging that alters the skin, but chemical changes in the body and the environmental factors skin is exposed to on a regular basis.
One of the primary questions that many of our patients have is how to manage their changing skin by shaking up their skin care routine. The products that are used on the skin actually may need to change more frequently than you imagine. We don't use one type of skin care during our youth and another throughout the decades of adulthood. In fact, there could be reasons to modify your skin care routine as often as a few times a year.
Harsh Winter Weather
Getting into the thick of winter, there is no time like the present to talk about how cold, dry air can create dermatologic concerns. Think about it like this, the harsh weather sends you straight for your coziest, warmest clothing. Your skin also needs a barrier between it and the cold climate. Hydration is one of the key elements to avoiding the ravages of winter weather. Instead of moisturizing with just any lotion, choose an emollient for dehydrated winter skin. Applying products while your skin is damp after a shower is beneficial, as emollients seal in moisture to keep skin smooth and soft.
By contrast, the summer months coax us into the great outdoors. This means that you may sweat more, and that you will be exposed to UV rays more frequently. During the warmer months, lighter lotion products are typically sufficient. The primary task through this time of year is to find the most appropriate sunscreen. We are happy to help our patients discern which products rate well in their ability to reduce the risk of burn and skin cancer.
There really isn't a bad time to talk to your dermatologist about how to manage aging skin. We partner with patients in their twenties, thirties, and well past mid-life!
Your skin is always changing, so your skin care must keep up. For help with your cosmetic or dermatologic concerns, call (973) 243-2300.