We all know colder weather can cause our skin to become dry and irritated if we don’t care for it properly. As we enter the colder months, our skin care routine should change to acclimate to the weather. This winter you’ll want to follow these five tips to avoid dry skin.
First and foremost, you want to make sure you aren’t showering or bathing in hot water. You may be tempted to take a hot bath, but this can actually cause your skin to dry out. Hot water can rid your skin of its natural oils, fats, and proteins that keep it protected and hydrated. Additionally, hot water can inflame your skin and cause redness. To prevent this from happening, use lukewarm water and try to reduce your bath and shower time.
Second, you want to moisturize daily. A good time to apply moisturizer is right after you take a shower. If you leave your skin slightly damp beforehand, it will absorb the product much easier. Use a thicker, creamier moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and replenished. Don’t be afraid to completely lather your entire body!
Third, you want to ensure you don’t leave wet clothes on. Keeping wet clothes on for an extended period of time can irritate your skin and cause flare ups, especially for those with eczema and sensitive skin. Wet clothes can also cause your skin to crack, which can be very painful. Stay as dry as possible during the cold winter months and pack extra clothes if you know it might rain or snow.
Fourth, you should invest in a humidifier if you don’t already have one. During winter months, the air tends to be much drier. Using a humidifier will increase moisture levels in the air, bringing relief to your skin as well as your nose and sinuses. You can leave it running while you sleep so you breathe in air full of moisture!
Lastly, you should continue to exfoliate. Exfoliating regularly will keep your skin looking bright and healthy by removing any bacteria and dead skin cells trapped in your pores. You don’t want to over-exfoliate since your skin will be more fragile in the winter. Exfoliating twice a week is more than enough to avoid drying your skin out.
Nina Gaetano, BS, PA-C, is the Medical Director of Bella Sol Med Spa