Did you know that your skin protects your organs, regulates body temperature, detects and fights off infection, and even repairs itself? Most of us take our hard-working skin for granted, especially in the winter. To keep your skin healthy and looking good, remember the four w’s of winter skin care by viewing our photo gallery.
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Regular exercise promotes circulation that energizes skin cells and carries away waste products. It also promotes the restful sleep that’s needed to rejuvenate skin.
Wash Your Skin Daily
But, be gentle. Take shorter baths or showers using warm water, choose a mild cleanser, pat or blot skin dry, and apply a moisturizer that’s appropriate for your skin type.
Drink Water and Eat Healthy
Drinking plenty of water keeps skin hydrated. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and omega-3 fatty acids helps your skin from the inside, out.
Just because its winter doesn’t mean you should skip the sun screen! Small amounts of daily sun exposure add up, so protect skin by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and apply it liberally and often.
The UPMC Department of Dermatology diagnoses, treats, and manages numerous hair, skin, and nail conditions and diseases. We care for common and uncommon conditions, and our treatments include both surgical and nonsurgical options. We operate several specialty centers for various conditions. The UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center is a comprehensive dermatologic laser facility, offering a full range of cosmetic services and procedures. With UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, we offer a Skin Cancer Program that provides complete care from screenings, diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. Find a dermatology provider near you.