Before you venture out into winter’s cold and winds, medical esthetician Emily Doster, RN, LVPG Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has tips to help you keep your skin hydrated and healthy throughout the season.
“You want to be hydrated from within. Skin is a very inside-out story, so make sure to drink water,” she says. “I get a lot of people who say they have tried every lip product out there and their lips are still chapped. It really means they are dehydrated.”
Doster says there are several preventive strategies for you to shield your skin from the ravages of winter and the magnified sun-exposure from snow cover.
Along with hydration, Doster recommends drinking hydrolyzed collagen. Collagen provides amino acids that not only help to maintain hydrated skin, they also provide proteins to hair, skin, nails, joints and the digestive system. Hydrolyzed collagen can be stirred into herbal teas, coffee or soup.
Doster also recommends that other beneficial supplements, such as biotin or multivitamins, be taken in liquid form or dissolved in liquid for better absorption.
To supplement your regimen, Doster offers in-office corrective treatments such as chemical peels, microneedling and laser skin rejuvenation and hair reduction.