Winter in Chicago can be brutal, with temperatures dipping below freezing, and the notorious winds whipping across the lake, chilling your bones and drying out your complexion. Chicago winter weather can certainly take its toll on your skin — especially your face, since it’s exposed to the elements.
Here at SkinMD, with four convenient locations in the greater Chicago area, our experienced team of dermatologists, nurses, and physician assistants take your complexion seriously, which is why we offer these tips on how to help your skin look its best this holiday season and all winter long. Learn how to protect your skin from the elements, dehydration, and discover the best skin care products for your skin type.
1. Keep applying moisturizer every day
Cold winter temperatures and dry air are not conducive to keeping your skin looking its best during the holiday season. Though you may have diligently applied after-sun moisturizers all summer long, it’s just as important to keep your skin hydrated during the winter months.
We often recommend changing your moisturizer during the colder months based on your skin type. If your skin is naturally dry, for example, you might benefit from a heavier daily moisturizer to protect your skin from exposure to cold, dry air, and wind.
And, if you have rosacea, winter weather can lead to flare-ups. Our expert dermatologists can recommend a personalized skin care routine and moisturizer to help prevent flare-ups during the holiday season when you want to look your best for office parties and family gatherings.
2. Take shorter, cooler showers and baths
If one of the ways you relax after a long day of work or running errands is with a long hot bath or shower, you might be unknowingly irritating your skin. Hot water that makes your skin turn red is too hot.
Try soaking or showering in lukewarm water for no longer than 10 minutes at a time to avoid drying out your skin. Follow with a good all-over body lotion to soothe your skin immediately following.
3. Stay hydrated during and after holiday parties
Holiday festivities almost always involve foods and beverages in which you don’t normally indulge, like alcoholic punch, after-dinner cappuccinos, and sugary desserts. Caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate your body, leaving your skin looking dry and dull. Enjoy yourself at holiday gatherings, but alternate these libations with a glass of water in between.
And, be sure to carry a bottle of water with you when you’re out shopping or during the workday, so you can continue to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water has many health benefits, one of which is healthier, hydrated skin.
4. Treat your skin to professional, customized care
The holiday season is a great time to schedule an appointment at SkinMD, so you can get a personalized skin care plan and take care of any concerns before your next soirée. We offer professional, customized solutions to common skin concerns, and the latest technology to treat them, including:
We also offer personalized treatments and services to help your skin look radiant all year long. Discover how these can enhance your skin tone, texture, and smooth out wrinkles:
Our team also offers professional makeup application for that special holiday event, before a family portrait session, or anytime you want to look your best this season.
Don’t wait to schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable team. Give us a call today at the Orland Park, Skokie, Chicago, or Evergreen Park location that’s most convenient for you, or send us a message online.