Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

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MSK dermatologist, Anthony Rossi, shares advice on how to keep your skin healthy in the cold weather.

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Hi, I’m Dr. Anthony Rossi, a dermatologist, from Memorial Sloan Kettering. Here are some tips for healthy winter skin.

Did you know that the UV rays of the sun can pass through clouds, fog and even car windows? Be sure to always use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or above every day to prevent against skin cancer and aging.

As the temperature drops don’t leave home without your lip balm. Lip balm with SPF actually does double duty protection. It protects against chapped lips and the UV rays from the sun.

Moisturizing is key during the cold weather. Always remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and a humidifier can be your skin’s best friend during those cold nights. Also, when washing try using lukewarm water instead of hot water to prevent dryness of the skin.

As a dermatologist I have to tell you artificial tanning is never an option. One tanning session before the age of 35 increases your risk of melanoma by 75%.

I love skiing but if you are going to hit the slopes you need the right gear. The snow reflects 80% of the sun’s UV rays which is more than double your normal exposure. Those are my tips, now you’re CancerSmart.