Quench Dry Skin! Guest Feature – Dr. Helen Torok, M.D.

Lock In Needed Hydration This Fall and Winter

The leaves falling and the temperature dropping are not the only changes happening this time of year. Our skin is going through a lot of changes as well to adjust to the new cooler temperatures.

To stay hydrated, the skin pulls moisture out of the air—a problem in cold weather, when humidity plummets. Making matters worse, production of skin’s natural moisturizers dips with age. In addition, as skin turnover slows, the dry surface cells have a harder time sloughing off—hence the flakiness.

Dr. Torok’s Insider Tips to Keeping Skin Hydrated:

  1. Take short showers (no more than 10 minutes) and use warm water – Hot water might feel good on a cold morning, but it strips skin of its natural oils, leaving it dehydrated and itchy.
  2. Use hydrating, creamy cleansers – Opt for mild face and body washes—the milkier looking, the better. Use a soap free cleanser that contains hydrating oils and antioxidants. The H&H Antioxidant Cleanser for Dry Skin is a rich, soap-free cleanser that gently cleanses and maintains the skin’s natural oils. It also contains anti-aging antioxidants that reduce the signs of aging.
  3. Slather on a rich body moisturizer after showering – Post shower, pat skin dry and apply an emollient cream based moisturizer instead of a lighter weight moisturizer to better trap and lock moisture into skin to fight cold weather dryness. The H&H Science Green Tea Body Lotion contains medical grade green tea polyphenols to reduce redness, dryness and flaking associated with dry skin and contains caffeine to tighten and firm the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. You lock in hydration and tighten and firm your skin at the same time.
  4. Drench your face every evening in a hydrating, cream based moisturizer – Expect more for your moisturizer. Use a ceramide based moisturizer with emollients and humectants to lock in facial moisture at night. “There’s a slight elevation in body temperature while you’re sleeping, so products seep into skin better,” My personal favorite is the H&H Super Rich Moisturizer, it truly is beauty sleep in a jar. It fortifies the skin’s protective barrier and combats dryness overnight and is super charged with medical grade ingredients that include peptides, stem cells and antioxidants to diminish the signs of aging.
  5. Moisturize again in the morning – Hydrating skin at least twice a day is ideal—after a morning shower or bath and then right before turning in for the night. Use your H&H Super Rich Moisturizer on the face in the morning as well as your H&H Green Tea Body Lotion for your body.
  6. Slip into gloves and socks at night – Dampen hands and feet, slather on our H&H Intensive Hand Cream on your hands and Green Tea Body Lotion on your feet and wear cotton gloves and socks for a few hours or to bed to lock in moisture—they’ll block evaporation and help the cream penetrate more effectively.
  7. Protect your skin everyday – Wearing sun protection is important all year long. You can get just as much sun exposure on a fall or winter sunny day as you can in the summer time. Every morning, an SPF 50+ should be applied as the last step in your skin care regimen. The H&H Skin Science Tinted Brightening BB Cream is my personal favorite! It contains organic skin brighteners, a universal tint that affords a flawless finish and medical grade anti-aging antioxidants.