Everybody needs good skin care — from age 1 to 101. That’s why to help you keep your skin looking its best, this winter, the Dermatology Institute of Boston has prepared these safe skincare trends to implement:

  • Wear SPF on all exposed areas year-round
    • If you are using a mineral SPF (zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide), it can be applied just prior to going into the sun. If using a chemical SPF (e.g. avobenzone), you need to apply it at least 30 min before sun exposure for maximum efficacy. Use the “shot glass rule”. Most people do not apply enough sunscreen to give the amount of protection listed on the bottle. To get maximum “SPF” out of your sunscreen, you must use about 3 tbsp, or the equivalent of one shot glass to your entire body. You can never reverse the damage caused by a sunburn, but you can lessen the symptoms. Aloe vera can cool your skin, and NSAIDs and OTC hydrocortisone cream can calm the inflammation.
  • See a board-certified dermatologist regularly to check for skin cancer
  • Wash your face every night before bed, using a mild cleanser and warm water
  • Moisturize daily, best done after bathing


Harmful skin care can take a toll on your skin and sometimes your self-esteem. To learn how to best care for your skin, hair, and nails, we encourage you to visit board-certified dermatologists for advice. Interested in visiting the board-certified dermatologists at Derm Boston? Call or click to schedule your consult with us today.

If you’re eager to learn more about how to care for your skin, feel free to give us a call or email us today. At the Dermatology Institute of Boston, we have an array of sunscreen offerings. Some of our favorites include: Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46 and Elta MD UV Sport.

Skin checks are recommended annually to look for signs of skin cancer.