Cold temperatures do not have to be synonymous with dry, flaky skin. Winter skin dryness is often caused by decreased humidity so it is important for your skin to retain moisture.
Your skin can actually glow during winter, but there’s confusion on how to winter-proof your skincare routine.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sheila Farhang busts the most common cold-weather skincare myths and share tips for braving the elements over the next cold weather months.
- Most traditional soaps contain surfactants that strip away the skin's natural oils
- Moisturizing is key to surviving cold temperatures
- Although often overlooked, exfoliating can be more helpful during the winter months
- A gentle exfoliating loofah or washcloth can remove dry, uncomfortable skin patches to help skincare products work better and reveal healthy-looking skin
- A hot shower may feel fantastic in the morning or after a long chilly day, however, it can be damaging to your skin
- Hot water actually strips away the skin's natural oils and disrupts surface lipids and proteins causing the skin to become easily inflamed
About: Dr. Sheila Farhang is a board-certified dermatologist and double-fellowship trained cosmetic surgeon as well as a reconstructive Mohs micrographic (skin cancer) surgeon. “Dr. Sheila” as many know her as, stands out in the dermatology space as she has expertise in both integrative skincare and cutting-edge procedures. She is also highly regarded in the female empowerment space being a founder, CEO, and multi-business owner.
Dr. Sheila Farhang attended the University of Texas for her undergraduate and medical degrees. She then completed her dermatology residency at the University of South Florida Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery . During this time, she augmented her surgical education with additional training with plastic surgeons. Upon completion, she was selected for a position at arguably one of the most competitive programs in the country for dual fellowship at the Skin Institute of South Florida and Hollywood Dermatology in the Miami, FL area. During this time, she also completed a year-long entrepreneur and leadership program through the Advancing Innovation in Dermatology led by Harvard faculty and international industry leaders. As a rising leader in the field, Dr. Sheila has authored numerous publications in top dermatology journals, has written textbook chapters, and has been invited to present her research internationally.
Dr. Sheila Farhang is also principle investigator for dermatology clinical trials. She is considered a media expert by the American Academy of Dermatology and has been selected as a Key Opinion Leader for large industry skin and beauty companies. She has a large social media presence (@Dr.Sheila_Derm) where she is known for her skin and beauty tips, health/wellness, female empowerment, and her integrative medical approach. She is considered a celebrity media expert, from being featured in several magazines such as Allure to making national television show appearances on shows including Dr. Oz.