For a lot of us, the cold of the winter not only brings just rosy red cheeks; it also brings itchy dryness to the skin. And for some, it is not just a tight dry feeling. Their skin gets so dry that is begins to flake, crack and even turns into eczema. Luckily, at Eastside Dermatology, we have products to cater to all levels of dry skin so you should never find yourself having to deal with dry skin again. If you are having dry skin issues, we have put together a list of 5 tips to keep your skin healthy this winter.
- Find a Trustworthy Dermatologist – If you go to the store to try and find the right type of moisturizer for your skin, you will most likely have a hard time finding it as there is no one to seek advice from. That is why it is such a good investment to see a dermatologist or esthetician. They can examine your skin type, figure out what issue is going on and will advise you on the proper skin care products to use.
- Moisturize More Often – Just because a moisturizer works well in summer and spring, doesn’t mean that it will perform the same in winter. As the weather changes, so should your skin care routine. Try to find a product that is oil based as opposed to water based because it will help create a protective layer on the skin that will retain more moisture.
- Don’t Forget Sunscreen – Sunscreen is not just for the summer time. With the combination of the sun and the snow, the glare can be damaging to your skin. Try to apply a wide ranged spectrum sunscreen to your face and hands about a half hour before going outside.
- Humidifiers Are Key – The minute you turn your heat on, your skin starts to dry out. Central heating systems blow out hot dry air throughout your home and office taking a ton of moisture out of the air. Humidifiers help add moisture to the air and will help prevent your skin from drying out.
- Limit Bath Time – When we find ourselves shivering in the cold, a good alternative seems to be jumping in the bath or shower and blasting the hot water for long periods of time. Although it may warm you up, it is not doing your skin any favors. The high heat of a bath or shower actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which causes you to lose moisture.
With these steps, we hope that you can enjoy your winter while not having to worry about itchy dry skin. If your skin tends to get dryer than normal, give us a call or contact us. We can help!