Winter Woes: Remedies for Dry Skin

Thursday, February 21, 2013 9:00 AM comments (0)

Dry-skinDoes it ever feel like you just can’t put on enough lotion during the winter months to keep your skin from being dry? With the cold temperatures and icy walkways, winter can be tough on your body. And, it can be just as hard on your skin.

Dry, sometimes even itchy and flaky skin is a common condition for many when temperatures begin to drop. While the cooler outdoor temperatures may be one of the leading causes for dry skin, there are a handful of ways you can help keep your skin soft and well hydrated.

Stephanie Mehlis, MD, Dermatologist, provides the following tips for reducing dry skin:

  • Increase your home’s humidity. Using a humidifier will help add moisture to the air of your house.
  • Keep water cool when showering. While a hot shower can feel good, especially in the cold of winter, when water is too hot it can dry out your skin. You also shouldn’t plan to linger in the shower – keep it short.
  • Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize!  When your skin is dry, be sure to apply plenty of lotion. The best time to use a moisturizer is right after you get out of the shower when your skin is still a little damp. Depending on how dry your skin is, consider using a thicker cream or ointment to create a barrier between your skin and the air. Despite the fact that the cosmetic industry has not produced the ideal moisturizer, studies have shown that most moisturizers will work if used frequently.
  • Choose your soap carefully. Soaps tend to dry out skin as well.  Try to use a moisturizing soap or a soap for “sensitive skin,” and do not use a washcloth or sponge when washing – hands work the best.

What skin products do you swear by to heal dry skin?

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