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Fact or Fiction: Skin Care by the Seasons
by Staff
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.

  • fact
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  • almost fact: It's an antioxidant serum, not a retinoid serum.

Retinoid treatments at night are beneficial during the summer.

  • fact
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  • almost fact: Retinoids are most helpful during the winter.

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

  • fact
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  • almost fact: If you're getting too greasy, you should switch to a lighter moisturizer in the summer rather than skipping it.

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

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  • almost fact: The outdoor air isn't what does it -- winter dryness is mostly cause by indoor heat.

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

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  • almost fact: Bundle up as much as you need to, but a layer of cotton against the skin is the way to go in the winter if you have eczema.

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

  • fact
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  • almost fact: You should take shorter showers with warm water, not hot.

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

  • fact
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  • almost fact: This holds true for all seasons -- not just winter.

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

  • fact
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  • almost fact: You still need sunscreen in the winter, but not as high an SPF.

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

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  • almost fact: Oil-based is never good for anyone, even in the winter. It causes breakouts.

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

  • fact
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  • almost fact: An ointment is actually what you're looking for.