Our Washington DC dermatologists are preparing: spring is here– and our patients are cleaning out more than their closets and homes. As the days warm up, we are beginning to slough off the harsh, dullness of our winter skin and prepare for a bit more sun and skin exposure. Here are a few tips to get your skin spring ready from our expert Washington DC dermatology offices.
- Start with moisture. Dry winter air, indoor heating, and neglect for the more covered parts of our bodies can all lead to rough, flaky, and even broken skin. The oldest trick in the book for combatting winter dryness is petroleum jelly. Doctors recommend rubbing white petroleum jelly on rough patches such as elbows, knees, and heels. Any time you wear cotton socks, or do chores that require rubber gloves, rub some petroleum jelly on first. If you are putting your hands in rubber gloves, lubricate your hands and add some white cotton gloves, then the rubber ones. By the time you are finished working, you will have given your skin a great moisturizing treatment. Use lighter moisturizers for thinner-skinned areas such as the face, back and shoulders. Another great moisture solution? Milk and honey for your feet. Mix two parts milk to one part honey and soak your feet in it. This will gently soften the rough, cracked heels of winter and get your feet sandal ready. Rinse with tepid water.
- Exfoliate gently. You may be frustrated by your rough scaly skin, but be wary of being too harsh with it. Scrubbing your face with anything but gentle cleansing cloths can create tears in the skin. On the body, we recommend brown sugar. A mix of 2 parts brown sugar and 1 part olive oil– with a touch of grated ginger, will help invigorate your body’s deadened skin. This is also a great preparation for hair removal, whether you are shaving, waxing, or decide to see a top dermatologist in Washington DC about laser hair removal. Note, however, that you should wait two days between exfoliation and hair removal, so that the skin is not too raw.
- Protect your skin from sunburn. Even though the sun can burn us in winter, we do run a greater risk as more of our skin is exposed. Especially on sunny days, you would be wise to protect your skin with at least an SPF 30, and come see our DC dermatologists for a skin cancer screening if you notice any growing or discolored marks.
- Come to us! For medical and cosmetic treatment of your hair, skin and nails, there is no one more qualified than a Washington DC dermatologist to help you prepare for a beautiful season in our nation’s capital. Whether you are looking into cellulite reduction in preparation for beach days, or botox from our Washington DC dermatologists to counter winter’s aging effects, our medical professionals will have you looking and feeling as refreshed as spring itself!
If you want to spring forward with your skin and undo the damage of winter, contact our Washington DC dermatologists today.