MUST-HAVE PRODUCTS TO FIGHT DRY SKIN THIS WINTER, ACCORDING TO OUR FAVE DERMATOLOGIST
Winter is coming, junkies, and we’re already dreading the return of the dry AF weather that starts creepin’ in this time of year. Besides the usual “drink lots of water,” how can you keep that post-class #MakeSweatSexy glow all year around? Boo, we’ve got you covered!
Meet Dr. Panta Rouhani Schaffer, a Cali-raised, board-certified dermatologist in private practice near Gramercy Park. Oh, and did we mention she’s also a diehard ((305)) junkie? Panta started dancing when she was 3 years old, dancing professionally before starting medical school at the University of Miami. She even still has that #iconic 3️⃣ 0️⃣ 5️⃣ cell number!
We caught up with Panta and got the lowdown on the 5 products you should DEF have this winter.
“When sweat sits on skin, especially with form-fitting fabric holding it in, you can get chest acne or back-ne,” Panta says. “The best way to prevent this is to shower immediately after class.” But, while steamy hot showers feel good, they actually dehydrate skin so stick to quick lukewarm showers.
If you’re running from class straight to brunch with no time to shower, Panta recommends removing your sweaty clothes (especially sports bras and fitted tops or leggings) and using pre-treated wipes like these Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths.
Still breaking after showering post-workout? Start using a benzoyl peroxide body wash in the shower 1 to 2 times per week. “My personal favorite is the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Facial Cleanser, but it’s often too drying so I recommend using it sparingly.”
PROTECT YA NECK (AND FACE)
“During the colder months, our skin is exposed to harsher temperatures and wind. If you don’t regularly moisturize, then your skin will be dry and itchy. Moisturizers help keep our skin as an intact barrier to the elements.”
Once you get outta the shower, pat your skin dry (don’t rub!) and apply a moisturizing cream to “lock in” that moisture to your skin. The CeraVe Moisturizing Cream will help keep your skin *moist* and happy.
Of course, you can’t forget to moisturize that $$$ maker! “My favorite facial moisturizers are the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Water Gel, the CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Face Lotion, and SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3. All products are light and don’t clog pores.”
“Our hands bear most the brunt of the cold, so I am obsessed with the Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Hand Lotion. I try to wash my hands with soap and water over any of the antiseptic gels, if I can. Then, I apply this hand cream and wear gloves whenever the temperatures fall below 30.”
ALL NATURAL DOESN’T MEAN ALL GOOD
“The most surprising thing to my friends and family is all the drugstore brands in my medicine cabinet,” Panta tells us. “As a mom to two kiddos with eczema and hypersensitive skin, our apartment is stocked with Cetaphil, CeraVe, and Aquaphor.”
PSA: Just because something is “all-natural” or “organic” doesn’t mean it’s good for you. “These skin care products are well-intended but can lead to stubborn allergic rashes in those who have eczema, rosacea, or sensitive skin,” she says. Instead, look for products that are hypoallergenic -- these’ll keep your skin lookin’ *flawless* all winter long.