Although women tend to be very aware of the adverse effects of winter weather on their skin, men often pay less attention, and may suffer serious adverse consequences.
Your skin is the outer protection for your body, and when the weather outside is frightful, it is your skin that bears the brunt of the damage. One of the main dangers your skin faces is the dryness of winter weather. Cold, winter air contains much less moisture, and it draws the moisture out of your skin, especially when driven by fierce winter winds. This is also a problem for indoor air. Although the fire may be delightful, heating the air actually increases its ability to draw moisture from your skin. And it's the same for forced-air heat, unless you have a home humidifier.
Another significant problem is sun exposure. You may think that when you're out there waiting for the bus on a cloudy day you aren't getting any sun, but UVA rays are essentially the same strength no matter what the cloud coverage. And UVA radiation penetrates deep into the skin, playing an important part in skin aging, the creation of facial wrinkles, and skin cancer, so it's a good idea to wear sunscreen all year long.
To help combat the negative effects of winter weather on your skin, men too need to think about nourishing their skin and exfoliation. You can use facial and body washes with antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E to supplement the skin's store of nutrients. Shaving is also a good way to scrape away older, dead skin cells.
Finally, as winter weather begins to wane, it may be time to consider a nourishing chemical peel to restore your skin after all the damage it's suffered over the hardest seasons of the year. You might also look at wrinkle treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic injections if you find yourself looking a lot older this spring, when the rest of the world is suddenly young and refreshed.
To learn more about improving the health of your skin and keeping the visible signs of age at bay, please schedule a consultation with Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits today.