With cold weather approaching, it’s common to suffer from dry, irritated skin. Cold temperatures and low humidity can draw a lot of moisture from the skin. Even indoors, a cozy heated home can lead to cracked, dry skin. If you are prone to skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, the cold, dry air can cause flare-ups during winter.
Purchasing a large bottle of moisturizer will help with discomfort and dryness. Still, you can also follow these tips to help reduce chapping and irritation and keep your skin healthy until the humidity returns in the spring.
Avoid Hot Showers. While this can feel great on a cold winter night, it will strip your skin of its natural oils. When you can, use warm or lukewarm water instead. And dab dry with your towel instead of rubbing. This will keep that good moisture and natural oils on the skin instead of being wiped away.
Switch up your moisturizer. There are many different options when choosing a moisturizer. If you are prone to breakouts, avoid petroleum and oil-based formulas. On the other hand, if you suffer from severely dry skin, try adding an emollient moisturizer that seals in moisture.
Sunscreen. Don’t pack away the sunscreen with your bathing suits and shorts! Apply sunscreen to your face and hands before going outside, and don’t forget to reapply if you are outdoors for an extended period of time.
Hydrate. We may not feel as thirsty when our body doesn’t heat up as fast as it does during the summer. But don’t forget to hydrate. It’s essential for your body on the inside and out!
Wear comfortable clothes! Allow your skin to breathe and avoid irritating material like wool off of your skin. Cotton clothing is more comfortable and kinder to your skin than wool or synthetic fibers.
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*The information given in this blog is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.