Winter skin care tips from a sought-after celebrity dermatologist


Weather wreaks havoc on skin.

‘During fall/winter months you have to deal with extremes,’ said New York-based dermatologist Diane Madfes. ‘The skin has to fluctuate to different environments, including the temperature changes going from indoors to out.’

To adapt to all the elements, the leading dermatologist reveals simple changes you can make to your daily routine, starting with your shower’s water temperature. 

‘During the winter, I recommend tepid water temperatures and shorter showers/baths, said New York-based dermatologist Dr. Madfes, who sees patients in Manhattan, Connecticut and Florida

Take a cold shower 

‘During the winter, I recommend tepid water temperatures and shorter showers/baths, said Dr. Madfes who sees patients in Manhattan, Connecticut and Florida.

Despite how good they feel on a cold day, hot showers remove protective oils from the skin, and increases moisture loss and skin irritation.

Cold water promotes blood circulation, removes toxins from the body and tightens the pores making you look renewed and refreshed.

While bathing, the sought after celebrity-dermatologist suggests using a moisturizing body wash that will soothe dry, sensitive skin.

Use a gentle cleanser  

According to Diane, proper skincare starts with the right cleanser. 

‘In the summer you needed something with a little bit of acid in it to get off all of your sunblock, but during the winter you want to use something that is a little gentler, like foaming or hydrating cleansers.

‘CeraVe makes two of the best because they leave a little bit of moisture behind and they’re not too drying.’

Follow this with your moisturizer cream, sunblock and/or your makeup.

'In the summer you needed something with a little bit of acid in it to get off all of your sunblock, but during the winter you want to use something that is a little gentler, like foaming or hydrating cleansers

‘In the summer you needed something with a little bit of acid in it to get off all of your sunblock, but during the winter you want to use something that is a little gentler, like foaming or hydrating cleansers

Meet the day with a protective layer 

‘You want to have less transepidermal water loss, meaning you want to have less of the moisture in your skin being drawn out,’ said the board-certified dermatologist specializing in dermatology and dermatologic surgery.

‘A slightly thicker moisturizer is needed to improve our skin barrier against the elements. Look for products containing a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, copper peptides and glycerin.’

While many are under the misconception that sunblock is only needed during the summertime, the expert reminds us that the sun’s rays are actually closer in the winter.

Dr. Madfes recommends wearing an SPF 15, and an SPF 30 if you’re going to be outside a lot. 

‘Sunblocks also protect against infrared so it’s very important to wear it every day.’

Maintain your glow year-round  

While self tanners are popular in colder months, Dr. Madfes warns against them.

‘They tend to be uneven during the winter months as people have dry skin,’ she explains.

‘Tinted moisturizers work better for keeping that summer glow!’

'Between the indoor heat and the days' dryness, we need a heavier base shared Dr. Madfes. 'Your night cream should be filled with antioxidants and mild exfoliants'

‘Between the indoor heat and the days’ dryness, we need a heavier base shared Dr. Madfes. ‘Your night cream should be filled with antioxidants and mild exfoliants’

Sleep, beauty 

While you’re getting your Zzz’s your skin is regenerating. 

‘Between the indoor heat and the days’ dryness, we need a heavier base shared Dr. Madfes. ‘Your night cream should be filled with antioxidants and mild exfoliants.’

‘Continue to exfoliate in the winter (twice a week), especially because the dead cells just sit there and use a hydrating mask (once a week).’

She suggests applying a 15 minute face mask that has hyaluronic acid, in addition to using one in the evening on a really windy day or a snowstorm.

Stay hydrated 

During the summer our bodies cool down by sweating, which can cause dehydration.

‘We tend to drink less in the fall and winter as we evaporate less from our surface of the skin,’ said Dr. Madfes. 

She recommends 4-6 glasses of liquid.

Saying, ‘water comes in all forms (i.e. tea, kombucha, juice etc…but remember caffeine can be a diuretic and negate the benefits).’ 

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