Fact or Fiction: Skin Care by the Seasons

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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Seasonal weather conditions and fluctuating temperatures can do a number on your skin. What works for your skin during the summer could wreak havoc during the winter. Do you know how to take care of your skin in all seasons?

Applying a retinoid serum to your face every day in the summer can give an extra layer of protection against the sun.

Some dermatologists say that antioxidant serums applied under your sunscreen will block free radicals created by UV rays.

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Retinoid treatments at night are beneficial during the summer.

Retinoids are helpful in preventing sun-induced skin damage, but they're rendered ineffective by sunlight. So nighttime is the right time to use them.

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You can skip facial moisturizer during the summer to avoid getting too greasy.

You might want to, but you shouldn't forego moisturizer altogether, even in the dog days of summer. Sun and sweat can dehydrate your skin.

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The drier air of winter and heated indoor air are a seasonal one-two punch that damage skin.

Yes, all this dry air -- both hot and cold -- really hurts the skin in the winter.

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People who have eczema should cover up against the winter air in wool clothes and gloves.

While it's great to keep warm, wool can cause irritation in people who have eczema, and in others, too.

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You should shower less in the winter, but with hotter water.

In the winter, you should try to shower less often. You'll probably want to up the water temperature when it's freezing outside, but resist the temptation. Hot water just stresses skin even more.

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In the winter, make sure to dry off completely after a shower before you put on moisturizer.

As a rule, you should pat dry after showering, leaving your skin just a little damp, and moisturize immediately. This is especially important in the winter.

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You don't need to wear sunscreen during the winter -- only in the summer.

Nope, you never get a break from sunscreen. Keep slathering it on in the winter, and keep that SPF above 15.

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If you have dry skin, you should probably switch to oil-based moisturizers in the winter.

Yes, oil-based is best for dry skin in the winter. The thicker, the better.

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If you're looking for an oil-based moisturizer, find one in lotion form -- it will have the most oil.

Ointments are 80 percent oil and 20 percent water, so that's what will give you the most moisture.

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