Winter dry skin is common during the holiday season. The cold weather and blustery winds leave your skin dry, cracked, and sometimes painful. The American Skin Association characterizes dry skin as inflamed, peeling, and possibly bleeding. Dry skin does not discriminate and affects people of all ages and ethnicity. However, that does not mean that you need to suffer through it. Instead of hiding your winter dry skin during holiday festivities, try managing it with the 5 tips below.
1. Limit Shower and Bath Time
Turning up the heat of the water during shower or bath time during the winter may seem like the best idea when your bathroom is cold; however, extended exposure to hot water can make winter dry skin worse. Instead of turning the hot water on full blast, try remembering to close the bathroom door at night. This will help keep the warm air from the heater trapped in the room and keep the water temperature warm rather than hot. Limiting your shower or bath to 5-10 minutes will also help ease the severity of winter dry skin.
2. Be Mindful of What You’re Putting on Your Skin
It’s easy to be sucked in to buying the latest smell-good fragrance for body lotions and soaps (pumpkin anything, we’re looking at you), but do the good smelling lotions and soaps help manage dry skin the best? Not usually. The American Academy of Dermatologists suggests using gentle, fragrance-free lotions and soaps in addition to limiting the amount of soap you use. Use only enough to clear your skin of dirt and germs.
3. Apply Moisturizer Throughout the Day
An age-old tip for winter dry skin is applying moisturizer immediately after showering. Another best practice, however, is applying moisturizer throughout the day, specifically after washing your hands. Moisturizer that is fragrance-free and includes some type of oil, such as jojoba oil or olive oil, are the most effective. You may want to give an ointment or cream a try rather than a lotion if your skin is severely dry. Vujevich Dermatology Associates’ Vu Skin Care Moisturizing Line is infused with sunflower seed oil, aloe vera, and Shea Butter and is perfect to use during the winter months.
4. Wear a Weather-Appropriate Wardrobe
Many people have braved the cold and the wind with light clothing to simply run into a building from their parked car. Forgo being brave and bundle up instead. Prevent exposure to the weather by wearing hats, gloves, and scarves when spending any time outdoors, especially if you will be outside for a prolonged period of time. This also includes wearing lip balm to not only block sun exposure, but wind exposure as well. Preventing winter dry skin is much easier than healing winter dry skin.
5. Keep Your Room Cozy
A main image that comes to mind when thinking of winter and the holidays is curling up in front of a fire with a large cup of hot chocolate. However, if you’re dealing with winter dry skin, this is not the coziness you need in your life. Direct exposure to heat sources like an open flame or sitting in front of a heater will dehydrate your skin more. Keep warm by sipping that hot chocolate on the couch under some soft blankets instead. Another way to keep your room cozy and skin feeling soft and smooth is running a humidifier. Humidifiers are a cost-effective way to take care of your skin throughout the year, not just the holiday season.
Are you dealing with winter dry skin? Contact us today to make an appointment at one of our Vujevich Dermatology Associates’ three offices.
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