Every year our skin goes through a number of cycles and we're always trying to figure out how to keep our skin soft and supple as lower temperatures can do a number on our faces! Take notes as we sat down with Dr. Evan Rieder to find out about a number of questions that we have from whether there's such a thing as over moisturizing, why the winter and summer affects our skin differently, Dry Brushing and products that we should have in our vanity! Of course, he also shares some tips that will assist our beauty goals regardless of the season that we're in!
ATHLEISURE MAG: What takes place in the body that makes skin drier in the winter versus the summer?
DR. EVAN RIEDER: It’s not so much the body as it is the environment that causes skin to become more dry in the winter than in the summer. Temperatures drop, humidity levels fall, and indoor heating systems tend to provide dry air. All of these factors can impair the skin barrier,
leaving it dry, scaly, cracked, and itchy.
AM: This change that takes place in the skin means that many times we have to change our moisturizers and lotions, what are ingredients that we should look for in our products to ensure that our skin continues to look moisturized and soft?
DR. ER: One ingredient that can help lock in moisture and keep skin soft during the winter months is Petroleum Jelly. An ingredient found in the new Dry Skin Relief expert repairing balm, it’s excellent at repairing your driest spots including stubborn dry patches on knees, elbows and heels.
For those with dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, products containing Colloidal Oatmeal can help relieve skin irritation. This is a key ingredient in the Dove DermaSeries Eczema Relief soothing body lotion.
AM: Is there such a thing as over moisturizing?
DR. ER: In a word, no, at least not for the majority of your body. If you suffer from dry skin, moisturization is the best way to repair the damaged skin barrier. Excess moisturizer could make skin sticky, making it uncomfortable to wear clothing. Though your clothes may become greasy, your skin would likely thank you for your efforts.
For the face, it depends on the products that you are using and your skin type. If you have oily skin and are noticing that you are developing acne, blackheads, and clogged pores, you might be using too much moisturizer. One way to prevent this is to make sure that your facial products are oil-free and non-comedogenic (which means that they don’t cause acne). The Dove DermaSeries Dry Skin Relief replenishing face cream is an excellent facial moisturizer that is not only gentle and non-comedogenic, but also provides protection from the sun.
AM: A number of people are talking about Dry Brushing your skin. Can you tell us what this is and what it is intended to do? Do you believe that this is something that is beneficial for skin?
DR. ER: Dry Brushing involves running a dry, soft-bristle brush over your bare skin in an upward motion toward your heart. This is said to increase blood flow and circulation, which will help your body and lymphatic system clear away toxins. Dry brushing is also thought to reduce cellulite and exfoliate, leaving your skin softer, more toned and better hydrated. Though there is no evidence for dry brushing in the medical literature, that doesn’t mean that it is not effective.
Particularly in people who may have extremely dry skin, dry brushing might soothe and help with exfoliation. I would be careful about the frequency in which you dry brush, as it could
potentially damage the skin barrier, especially in winter months where there is inadequate moisture in the environment. That being said, modified bathing habits and the use of an effective cleansers and topical moisturizers offer more evidence-based treatments for the skin.
AM: The Dove DermaSeries is a line filled with a number of products from cleansers to moisturizers. Can you tell us more about the repairing balm and what it does?
DR. ER: The Dry Skin Relief expert repairing balm is truly a one of a kind product in the Dove DermaSeries line. The silky, non-greasy formula provides fast dry skin relief and leaves skin looking healthier over time.
AM: In addition to using the products, what are additional methods that should be included in our skincare routine that will assist in keeping our skin moisturized (i.e. consuming x amount
of water, eating certain types of foods)?
DR. ER: Additional methods to keeping your skin hydrated include:
Use a humidifier to moisten the dry air coming from indoor heating systems
Maintain a healthy diet and eat foods high in water content may help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges and watery veggies like celery,
tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots
Moisturize twice a day (night and day), and always immediately after bathing
Get the appropriate amount of sleep. That means at least 7-8 hours per night for the average person. Don’t underestimate the effects of proper sleep hygiene on your skin!