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5 Tips for Winter Skin Care That May Surprise You – By Dr. Tess

As much as we would all like spring to pop, winter is still with us for a little while longer.

And in the winter time our skin needs a lot of TLC. Here are 5 tips for anti-aging winter skin care that you may not have thought about:

house plant1. Turn down the heat. Everyone has the heater running in the house, and you need to turn that on low because as the moisture is being sucked away from the air it’s dehydrating our skin, especially when our windows and doors are closed.

A humidifier is great to reverse that. Also get some beautiful green houseplants, put them around because not only do they purify the air, but they also add natural moisture back.

anti-aging-for-every-age2. Avoid scented body washes and lotions during the colder months. I know that everyone has gotten scented, perfumed lotions during the holidays, but stay away from them during the winter time because this is the time when our skin is most prone to dryness, and you can actually get skin irritations, even allergies, from the chemicals used to make the scents and perfumes.

I recommend gentle cleansers, and stick with unscented moisturizers, and even unscented detergent for your clothes.

blowdry 13. Don’t blow dry your hair with hot air, because hot air dries the scalp. This can cause the scalp to flake, you can get dandruff, and even weaken the hair follicles. Use the blow dryer on “cool.” It may take a little bit longer to dry your hair, but the moisture will stay in, and it will make your hair shinier.

If you really can’t get away from blow drying your hair on hot, use products such as oils and conditioners that will put back moisture in your hair.

bathtub4. Limit your time in the hot bath. In the winter time when it’s cold it’s nice to soak in a hot bath, but I recommend limiting the hot bath to five minutes only.

Hot baths, and showers, actually strip our skin of its natural oils. It’s very important to keep the skin lubricated, especially in the winter.

book jacket 5. In my book California Total Beauty I talk about the structure and function of the skin. I recommend a weekly exfoliation, if you don’t have eczema. This will help keep your skin soft and supple, especially during the winter.

Come in to any of our four MBeauty by Dr. Tess clinic locations to learn more about what you can do to have beautiful skin.


CBS Redo You: Beauty Skin Care Myths Debunked by Dr. Tess Part 2

As a part of the Redo You: Beauty series on CBS, Dr. Tess, debunks skin care myths and gives the truth about how to take care of your skin.

Myth #3: Facial scrubs make your skin glow.

Facial scrubs may remove dead skin and make your skin feel instantly smoother.  Over-exfoliating can cause problems especially for those who have sensitive skin or have eczema.  Over-scrubbing also can cause some superficial blood vessels to appear especially on patients with rosacea and may worsen redness on the skin.  And for those who are acne prone, over-exfoliation can elicit overproduction of oil and make acne worse.

Myth #4: Dryness causes fine lines.

Dryness can cause peeling and flaking. Dryness on the skin can make lines APPEAR worse but it will not create wrinkles.  Milk, buttermilk and yogurt contain alpha hydroxy acids that may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in some people, Soak a cotton cloth or small towel in whole milk or buttermilk, and dab the liquid onto your face and neck in order to treat fine lines.

 Myth #5: Toothpaste dries out pimples.

Toothpaste contains ingredients that will do nothing to dry out a pimple. They may cause irritation, burns and even more breakouts on the skin.

Today’s toothpastes also have bleaching and whitening properties that are even more irritating.  There are more effective spot treatments for acne, so save your toothpaste for your teeth.  To help dry out your acne without drying out your face, put a thin layer of milk of magnesia over your face.

Read Myths Debunked by Dr. Tess Part 1