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Tips for Bright, Radiant Skin This Winter

Gone are the summer barbecues and days spent by the pool or on the beach. It’s likely that even with diligent sunscreen usage, good memories aren’t all that you accrued during the warmer months. Winter is often the perfect time to address the sun damage you may have accumulated during the summer. Below are some tips to take advantage of the winter season!

Tips for Bright, Radiant Skin This Winter

Every evidence-based skincare routine should be based on a foundation of good, basic practices. That includes gentle cleansing, sun protection, moisturizing when dry, and avoiding unnecessary irritation.

Continue wearing sunscreen

  • It’s true, the sun is often not as strong during the winter. However, in most geographies, it’s still strong enough to result in sun damage. (Geographies that experience total darkness during winter are obvious exceptions!) Making a habit of sunscreen usage can be considered a best practice and can be especially consequential for those with skin discolorations. 

Add a skin brightening ingredient to your daily regimen

  • Assuming that you’re protecting skin from sun exposure, which should always be prioritized when dealing with sun damage, layering in a more targeted skin brightening product can help improve the appearance of uneven skin tone. 

  • Ingredients that you might consider incorporating include alpha hydroxy acids, polyhydroxy acids, retinol, niacinamide, and Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid). These ingredients can help improve the appearance of skin tone unevenness and dullness.

  • Consider starting slowly if you are using an ingredient or product for the first time, starting with 1X/day application 2-3 times per week, and slowly ramping up usage frequency if your skin can tolerate it. 

Ask your dermatologist about professional treatments

Winter might be an opportune time to consult with your dermatologist about professional treatments to address the visible signs of sun damage. A board-certified dermatologist will be able to talk you through your various options, including chemical peels and various light and laser treatments, and tailor a plan to your needs. Such treatments may temporarily make skin more sensitive to the sun, which is why dermatologists sometimes recommend receiving them during the winter months. 

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