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How to Protect Skin from Cold Weather


Winter can be tough on our skin. The cold, dry air and wind can leave our skin feeling dry, itchy, and dull. Thankfully, there are ways to keep our skin healthy during the cold weather with an effective skin care plan by Bryn Mawr Dermatology. Whether you have normal, dry, oily, or combination skin, there are simple steps to protect and nourish your skin and keep it looking and feeling its best. From using the right moisturizer to avoiding harsh cleansers, there are many easy and effective strategies to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy and beautiful during the cold weather. 

With the proper knowledge and tools, you can maintain healthy skin all year. Keep reading this article to know more about how you can protect your skin and which skin care product is suitable for you in the winter season.

While this article spells out some important information about how to protect your skin from cold weather, we highly recommend you read the full article, here are the key points we will focus on:

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How Does Cold Weather Change Your Skin?

When it’s cold outside, it’s a good idea to protect your skin from the harsh environment. When you’re outside for long periods, your skin is prone to damage by sun exposure, harsh temperatures, and pollution. Cold weather can change the texture, color, and appearance of your skin—which can cause many problems.

Cold weather has been shown to dry out your skin and make it more susceptible to wrinkles and other signs of aging. It also makes your skin more vulnerable to infection and inflammation, which can lead to redness or irritation. But don’t let that stop you from getting out there and doing what makes you happy! An active life is a healthy life and – with the proper prevention and rehab techniques – your skin doesn’t have to suffer.

There are ways to help protect your skin when you’re out in the cold. The easiest thing you can do is to keep your skin moisturized. To find out which moisturizer is the best for your skin type, consult a skin specialist at Bryn Mawr Dermatology. This will help keep your skin feeling soft and supple, limiting the drying of the skin and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What Can You Do to Combat the Effects of Cold Weather?

The winter months can be hard on your skin, and it’s essential to take extra care of yourself. Here are some tips for skin health during the coldest time of the year:

  • First, drink lots of water! This will help keep your body hydrated and healthy. A robust immune system is essential for keeping all the organs of your body (including skin) in tip top shape.
  • Second, wear layers! This will help protect your skin from the cold and keep you warm. You’ll have options to peel off a coat or tack on a beanie if your adventure shifts gears. Don’t forget to protect your hands with gloves, your eyes with sunglasses (that snowshine can get bright :), and other exposed parts with a scarf, hat or wooly socks.
  • Third, take some time to relax and rest! When the weather is at its worst, cozy up with a good book and cup of antioxidant-loaded tea. This will give your skin and other parts a rest, so you are ready to shovel snow, sled, skate, and stay up late to watch that ball drop. 

What are the Best Products to Use During Colder Months?

Cold temperatures aren’t always skin’s best friend. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best products to use during colder months:

1. BMD UltraLux B3

As temperatures and the humidity drop you might want to up the ante with a more significant night cream. This moisturizer has a triple-threat of ingredients that hydrate and create a protective barrier to seal in water. The added benefit: it helps eradicate the redness and irritation caused by dryness.


 You don’t want to get caught in the cold without some lip balm! This lip balm has SPF 36, provides UVA and UVB protection, and is highly hydrated. Plus, because it’s water-resistant, the ingredients will keep your lips feeling smooth for up to 80 minutes after application; you don’t have to worry about constant re-application.


The Perfect Body lotion, which contains 15% Glycolic Acid, helps exfoliate and brighten skin. It also features Master Antioxidant Glutathione that lightens pigmentation and Retinol which increases cellular turnover for smoother, firmer younger-looking skin.

Ask yourself: Are you interested in trying new cosmetic services? Do you need to enhance your skin health? Are you looking for a cosmetic specialist to help you with the procedures? If the answer is yes to all of the above, make the call today!

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When Should I See a Dermatologist?

If you have any of the following symptoms, see your dermatologist:

  • Redness, itchiness, or swelling that doesn’t go away within a week
  • Sores or open wounds that don’t heal
  • A rash that won’t go away even with treatment
  • Pimples that don’t self-resolve or get worse over time

It’s important to see a dermatologist as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms. Your dermatologist can help improve your skin health by helping you identify what’s causing the problem and treating it so you can prevent further problems in the future.

If you’ve been struggling with a skin condition and are dealing with symptoms, seeing a dermatologist is the best way to get an accurate diagnosis and start treatment. If you’re looking for help with skin changes, we’re here to help. We have a variety of services and treatments that can help you achieve your desired outcome—whether it’s reducing the appearance of your wrinkles or improving the health of your skin.

Why Choose Bryn Mawr Dermatology for Help with Skin Changes?

Skin changes are frustrating, no matter what they are. Whether you’re dealing with a new skin problem or an old one that just won’t go away, we want you to feel and look your best. 

The skin specialists at Bryn Mawr Dermatology are ready to answer all of your questions about skin changes, no matter how old the problem is. We know that every patient is unique, and our approach will be customized for your needs and goals. Our Bryn Mawr office is beautifully equipped, so you’ll feel at home as soon as you walk in the door. Get started today by calling our dermatology team at (610) 525-7800. We look forward to caring for you!

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