Talk Takeaway: Beauty with Dr. Tess Mauricio

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 11:45am

The cold weather has arrived and it can wreak havoc on our skin leaving it parched, dull and even cracked.  In today's Talk Takeaway, dermatologist and co-author of the new book "California Total Beauty," Dr. Tess Mauricio joined "The Talk" to give us her tips that promise to make our skin soft and beautiful this winter.  


I wrote my very first book because I want to let people know that the appearance of your skin reveals a lot about you.  People take skin for granted and this book, "California Total Beauty," helps you love yourself and the skin you're in.

Turn your heater on low.
During these cold winter months, we should take better care of our skin.  Blasting your small space heaters or central heaters on HIGH will produce hot dry air at a rapid pace which can dry out the air and dehydrate your skin. Also, it can lead to acne break outs on your skin.  When the heater is on full blast, the skin is trying to compensate by secreting more oil, thus causing pimples.  

It's best to turn the heaters on low!  This will slowly help your skin adapt comfortably to the change of temperature.  Also, get yourself a few houseplants and place them around your house so they can help purify the dry air. In addition to adding visual appeal, plants naturally release moisture too.

Avoid scented body wash and lotion.
The holidays are over and many women received scented body washes and lotions. However, these products can cause skin irritation, especially in dry winter weather.

Avoid these products during the dry months. I recommend mild soaps with extra moisture which will not cause irritation and discomfort to the skin.  Use unscented laundry detergents during the winter months.  Unscented moisturizers will cling to your skin during the winter months and have a better reaction on your pores.

Use the cool setting on your hair dryer.
Winter months also take away the moisture from your hair and scalp. Less moisture makes the scalp flake more easily, leading to dandruff and weakened hair follicles - this is when your scalp needs more attention. Resist the urge to turn the hair dryer on the heat setting; it will cause your scalp to dry out even more.  It'll only make things worse!

If you MUST use a hair dryer, use the cool setting. Your hair might take longer to dry but the shine in your hair will be well worth it.  If you frequently use a hair dryer, massage your scalp with warm oil, leave-in conditioners, and serums to keep your scalp moist during the winter.

Limit your hot showers.
I know it's hard but you need to limit your showers and baths to 5-minutes a day.  If you spend long periods of time in the hot baths, you will strip your skin of its natural oils.  Natural oils are important because they lubricate the skin and make the skin look soft and supple.  If you strip that, your skin will be dry and dull.  

Turn the temperature of the water down so you are using warm, not hot water.  Take brief hot showers and baths and if you can't live without your hot water… again, no more than 5-minutes a day. Apply exfoliating creams (with exfoliating beads) once a week if you do not have eczema or sensitive skin.  After exfoliating, apply moisturizing cream immediately to seal in moisture. This will rejuvenate the skin making it smooth and beautiful.

Apply petroleum jelly on your skin.
The skin on your hands is thinner than most parts of your body and has fewer oil glands. The winter can cause dry hands or cracked dry feet.  Petroleum jelly and plastic cling wrap are your best friends. Apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly on your hands and then wrap them tightly with plastic wrap.  Leave it on overnight and you will instantly have more moisturized, supple skin when you wake up. This is also good for people with eczema and is a good way to increase penetration of your prescription medication creams and ointments. If you're using prescription creams on your skin, apply that first.  Then, add the petroleum jelly and plastic wrap.  

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