It’s October, and fall is in full swing here in Colorado. So far, we have experienced close to a week’s worth of dramatically cooler temperatures, much-needed rain, and gloomy skies. It’s even started to snow at higher altitudes. It’s true-winter will be here in the blink of an eye. Many Coloradoans are preparing for the long winter ahead by blowing out their sprinklers, packing away shorts and swimsuits, and digging up their snow boots and winter jackets. If you’re new to Colorado and you have not experienced the snow and super cold temperatures, it’s best to stay prepared.

There is so much more to winter than just snow and cold. Along with impending storms and flurries comes dry air and harsh winds, which can do severe damage to your skin if you aren’t taking the necessary actions to protect it. Even though summer has come and gone and the troubles you faced then are on hold until next summer, winter most definitely poses its own set of concerns. Your summertime skincare regimen is not going to cut it during the winter months, unfortunately. You’ve come to the right place, Kallgren Dermatology Clinic is Boulder’s Top Rated Local® Dermatologist clinic, and can help you protect your skin from the harmful elements of Colorado’s winter.

Products

As we mentioned, your summer skin care products are not going to do the trick any longer. We know how hard it is going to be to let go of the products that maintained your beautiful summertime glow. Think of it this way-you get to exchange it for a winter glow. Not as fun, we know. In all seriousness, switching up your routine IS necessary. For starters, you’re going to need a decent moisturizer. We carry two of the best face moisturizers; Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer or Obagi Hydrate Luxe are great options to add to your daily skincare regimen. The Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer provides a full 8-hour moisture protection with natural ingredients to keep your face hydrated all day. And the Obagi Hydrate Luxe is an ultra-rich moisturizer that offers extra-strength hydration for severely dry skin. Any of our dermatologists can recommend which product would be best suited for your conditions.

Routine

Even though the days seem shorter and it’s less sunny doesn’t mean you have escaped the threat of sun damage. Sunscreen is one product you don’t want to stray away from come winter time and should be used year-round. We cannot stress it enough-protect your skin. The EltaMD Sunscreen line is the best sunscreen line. Kallgren Dermatology Clinic carries a variety of SPF levels and lotions and lip balms to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

Try to shorten your showers as much as possible. We know-long hot showers are heaven-sent when the temperatures outside hit below 30 degrees. The truth is, hot water depletes skin of its natural oils, causing damage, dryness, and discomfort. Apply lotion like CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion all over immediately following your shower to form a protective layer over the skin’s surface to prevent moisture loss.

Exfoliate

Dry skin is a real nuisance-its itchy, unattractive, and flaky. Don’t let your skin get to the unflattering phase of dry flakes falling off. Developing a habit of applying lotion after a shower is great, but lightly exfoliating during the shower will remove any excess dry skin. Chapped lips are the epitome of winter skin struggles. As if Colorado wasn’t dry enough, our winters surely keep lip balm companies in business. Fight the dry flakes with a homemade sugar scrub and a nourishing lip balm like EltaMD Lip Balm with SPF 31.

October through March (sometimes even into May) can be a grim time of year for some Coloradoans. But winter comes every year, and it does not have to be as dreadful as years past. Preparation is key to anything you wish to be successful and planning to face a long winter should not be any different. Take care of your skin and prevent it from the harsh, dry, sun damaging elements of the cold winter air.

Contact Kallgren Dermatology clinic today and schedule an appointment with a skin care professional today! Each of our skilled dermatologists and practitioners can help guide you in the right direction and take care of all of your skin care concerns. We look forward to seeing you! 

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