According to Dr. Hale, some must-have products for the winter months include the following:
Moisturizer selection: Dr. Hale recommends choosing a heavier moisturizer for winter. She states that “During the summer, my patients typically use a lightweight lotion or cream at night, but because skin can dry out more easily in winter, opt for something with a thicker texture.”
Body Lotion: Dr.Hale says to look for body moisturizers with “an ingredient called ceramide.” She notes that “ceramide is naturally found in the skin and helps it to retain moisture.”
Facial Moisturizer: According to Dr. Hale, “the latest trend in facial moisturizer is hyaluronic acid” She adds that “this helps to hydrate skin by pulling in water to plump up dehydrated areas. This ingredient is commonly used in cosmetic fillers, but is increasingly being incorporated into face products.”
Lip Products: Dr. Hale notes that “cracked, dry lips not only look unsightly, but can also be painful. There are a lot of great moisturizing products available, but I advise my patients to look for ones that include SPF for protection during the day.” She adds, “My patients like Aquaphor with SPF for the lips when they are out and about.
At night, you can follow up with something like Vaseline to help moisturize. It’s also important to ensure that you are hydrating from the inside out. Make sure to drink plenty of water as the lips are one of the first places to show signs of dehydration.”