Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: How Do You Help Dry Skin In Winter? Plus More...

Dec 15, 2022
Dr. Ryan's Mailbag: How Do You Help Dry Skin In Winter? Plus More...


 Hello Stranger! It’s Dr. Ryan here, and you’ve probably noticed that there hasn’t been a Friday mailbag in a little while. Well, today I’m finally bringing you one! Today I’ll be answering two great questions from customers who need a little advice on their skincare concerns.

First up is a question from Demi in Newark, NJ

Q: Hi Dr. Ryan. Since the weather got colder my skin has started to feel tight when I smile. What can I do to make that go away?

dry skin in winter

A: Hi Demi! It sounds like your skin is reacting to the cold weather, which can create a large amount of dryness and flakiness. But don’t worry, there are ways you can help keep your skin protected this winter, and I’ll give you a few tips that will go a long way!

One of the first signs that your skin isn’t getting enough moisture is that tight feeling you mentioned.

Signs like these are very common once the weather gets colder, and unfortunately, this dryness can cause things like wrinkles and fine lines to become a lot more noticeable.

The first thing you want to do is make sure your cleanser isn’t making the problem worse.

If you’re noticing this tight feeling right after you cleanse your skin, chances are your cleanser is too aggressive and it’s stripping away all those natural, precious oils that are keeping your skin hydrated.

You’ll want to go for a gentle yet effective product that is going to clean your skin effectively but leave it with enough hydration to make sure it isn’t getting overly parched.

I love recommending my Lavender Oil Cleanser to customers like you because it’s great for getting the job done and it helps to leave behind a well-hydrated complexion!

Next, make sure you’re using a hydrating moisturizer with ingredients like Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter.

These two ingredients will help make sure your skin doesn’t get any drier. They also help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines!

My Repair and Release Cream has both of these ingredients in it and it’s great for giving thirsty skin the dose of moisture it needs.

With these tips, you can go into the colder months feeling more confident and comfortable in your skin!

My next question comes from Sarah in Barre, VT.

Q: Hi Dr. Ryan! I don’t really deal with a lot of blemishes on my skin but recently I’ve noticed some bumps around my jawline. I don’t think they’re pimples or zits but I don’t like the feeling of them. What can I do to get rid of them?

blemishes under the skin

A:  Hi Sarah! This might be a bit of an uncommon question, but believe it or not, many people deal with the exact problem you’re having throughout the many stages of their lives. My biggest tip for you is to make sure you’re using a specific type of cleanser…

Almost every single person gets blemishes throughout their life. When you’re a teenager, you’re no stranger to things like pimples and zits, but you eventually grow out of them.

While you may not see a lot of acne the older you get, there are still other types of blemishes that you might start to notice.

The blemishes you’re dealing with could be a number of different things, but no matter what they are, your best bet at getting rid of them is to use a product with Alpha Hydroxy acids.

You may have seen me talk about AHAs before, especially when I talk about my Lavender Oil Cleanser.

AHAs are a type of exfoliant that works deep below the surface of the skin and exfoliates it from the inside out.

And since you’re dealing with bumps that seem to be below your skin’s surface, a cleanser with AHAs might be exactly what you need.

But there’s a catch…

Using a product with these types of ingredients (like my Lavender Oil Cleanser) once or twice won’t solve your problem.

You’ll need to be pretty consistent with your skincare routine if you want to help get rid of these bumps.

A twice-daily routine should do the trick! Keep it up for at least 30 days and I have no doubt that you’ll start to notice a much smoother and softer complexion!

And above all, keep your skin as clean as you can to help keep the problem from getting worse.

Good luck, Sarah!