A few things a dermatologist wants you to know in winter

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Tight skin, rough knuckles, chapped lips? Say hello to winter, about to wreak havoc from head-to-toe. To show it who’s boss, we asked Dr Justine Hextall, consultant dermatologist on behalf of The Harley Medical Group, what we need know to keep skin happily hydrated throughout the cold snap. From your brows to your feet, here’s how to treat your skin – starting now.

1) You still need SPF

“Just because it is winter, it doesn’t mean you should put away your suncream. Whilst there is less UVB around in winter, levels of UVA (or UV-ageing as it is known in the dermatology world) are still significant enough to age our skin. I advocate a sunscreen like Ladival, specifically with a high UVA rating all the year round if you want to protect your skin from its ageing effects. As UVB is the wavelength that stimulates vitamin D production, levels can drop in the winter months and if necessary we can supplement with oral vitamin D3.”

 

 

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Jean

Author Since:  June 23, 2024

MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Folsom, CA and has been practicing for 28 years. She specializes in orthopedic surgery.

• Hahnemann University
Medical School | Graduated 2000
• Methodist / Mercy General
Internship Hospital | Completed 2001
• Methodist / Mercy General
Residency Hospital | Completed 2003

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