It's only January but I already find myself complaining about my dry cheeks and how chapped my lips are, which leaves me wondering what I can do to look like a glazed donut from head to toe. That's the goal, right?
So I did my research and spoke to several experts to finally learn and understand how to best treat my skin this season.
• Tami Blake, licensed esthetician and founder of Free + True
• James Beckman, MD, biochemist and plastic surgeon
• Dani Hanek, licensed esthetician
• Dr. Diane Madfes, MD FADD, NYC-based dermatologist
• Dr. Sara Hogan, board-certified dermatologist
• Dr. Peter Lio, assistant professor of Clinical Dermatology & Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
• Dr. Marina Peredo, board-certified dermatologist
• Shay Moinuddin, MHA, RN, aesthetic nurse and the clinic Director at The Few Institute
• Ayanna Denise, holistic skin therapist
• Elena Duque, esthetician
• Dr. Luigi L. Polla, dermatologist
Before I dive in, it's important to know what the harsh cold actually does to the skin.
"The top layer of our skin, our stratum corneum, consists of lipids, cholesterol and ceramides. The stratum corneum takes a beating in the cold weather from low humidity, wind, and dry heat resulting in changes in our barrier," said Dr. Diane Madfes, MD.
"With a compromised skin barrier, our skin is unable to retain hydration and protect against UV rays, pollution, and toxins. As a result, our skin could appear dull, flaky, and red," Madfes told BuzzFeed.