Find out how to fight back against dry winter skin with dermatologist approved tips.


We all know winter can be brutal on our skin, what steps are necessary to take once the temperature drops?

As with the other three seasons, it is just as important to practice a full regimen of cleansing, treating (or toning), protecting (with SPF) and moisturizing every day. Contrary to popular belief, sunscreen isn’t just for the warmer months, exposure to the sun during the winter months can be just as harmful. Sun reflects off the white snow and there’s typically much more water on the ground to reflect those UVA/UVB rays onto our skin. Indoor heat and toasty temperatures that help us thaw out from the cold are the worst factors for drying out the skin especially for lips and hands. Try washing with a cleanser that has additional moisturizing properties such as the DDF Advanced Micro-Exfoliation Cleanser. This will help add additional hydration to the skin. Winter time calls for a little more moisturization than normal so incorporate it into each step of your skincare regime and don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

What active ingredients should we be looking for in winter skincare products?

Moisturizers in general, Aloe Vera, Sodium Hyaluronate, Shea Butter, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Coconut Oil and Evening Primrose.

What factors did DDF take into account for winter skincare?

Creating toners that won’t strip skin like DDF Aloe Toning Complex. It balances PH levels and contains hydrating properties like Aloe Vera and SPF 15, which is available in many of the DDF products, although SPF 30 is recommended for time spent in the sun. However, SPF 15 will help give protection from indirect sun and indoor lighting, especially around the fragile eye area.

No regimen is one size fits all, so how can the different skin types tailor to their needs?

Oily Skin patients have to be extremely careful to not strip their skin, which causes the skin to produce even more oil. They also have to be sure to not overhydrate their skin with greasy moisturizers because that will cause a breakout. I recommend they cleanse with DDF Salicylic Wash. Treat with DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel and protect and moisturize with DDF Mattifying Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 15 as it is an excellent choice to help keep oily skin hydrated and oil-free.

Sensitive Skin patients can suffer from flare-ups during the winter months by over applying rich moisturizers. I recommend they cleanse with DDF Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel. Treat with DDF Aloe Toning Complex and Protect & Moisturize with DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew Regular and SPF 15. The Moisturizing Dew was specifically created within the DDF Sensitive Skin anti-aging line as it is oil-free and noncomedogenic. Also, it has skin clearing properties and can be applied whenever the skin feels too taught or dry, day or night.

 How should one use scrubs and peels during winter?

Scrubs & Peels can irritate skin during any season if not used properly. Typically once a week should suffice depending on the ingredients and their potency. Always test these in small areas before applying all over the face and follow package directions. Use products that contain moisturizing ingredients to help not dry the skin. DDF Sulfur Therapeutic Mask is a great alternative to a peel and contains Sweet Almond Oil, which has skin-clearing properties.

Check back next week for a customize DDF winter skincare regimen.

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