Posted by Camille Brooks & filed under .

We just started the fall season, but winter is a lot closer than you think. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is predicting a colder, snowier winter than usual for Texas. Winter often brings harsh winds and cold dry air, which is not great for your skin. It can make it very difficult for your skin to produce its natural oils and stay moisturized.


It’s not just the cold weather that can affect your skin in the winter — high-stress holidays and changes in diet can cause breakouts.


You can limit these effects by preparing early and sticking to a curated skincare routine. Here are 5 ways to prepare your skin for winter.


  1. Protect
It might not seem as sunny, but UV rays are still harmful in the winter. Always protect your skin with an SPF 30+ sunscreen. The EltaMD brand offers sun care for all skin and seasons. Learn more about the products available at Collins!


  1. Exfoliate
Exfoliating your skin and removing dead skin cells will help your skin to better absorb moisturizer. Ample moisturizing is key in the winter! Dermaplaning takes this a step further by removing excess dirt, oils, and hair from your face!


  1. Change it Up
Your summer routine is not likely to be sufficient in the winter. Make sure you have a gentle cleanser and a great moisturizer. We recommend EltaMD moisturizers. They melt on contact, help your skin retain 90% of its moisture, and are free of fragrance and parabens. This amazing moisturizer is available at Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute.


  1. Cover Up
Our hands and faces suffer the most during winter. Gloves, hats, earmuffs, and other practical winter clothing items are an easy way to keep your skin safer from the cold.


  1. Shorter Showers
We all know how good a hot shower feels after a long day, but they do more harm than good. Excessively hot showers can leave our skin screaming for moisture in an already difficult dry season. Try shorter showers or cooler water temperature.


Winter is harsh on our skin, but you can be prepared. Call Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute at 512.379.6090 or book an appointment online so we can discuss how we can craft a skincare routine that will make sure you’re ready for winter weather!