7 Simple Tips to Prevent Winter Dry Cracked Skin
Many people experience dry skin in the winter.
If you are like many of our patients, you get cracked knuckles, peeling cuticles, and chapped lips. Ouch!
There are more than enough moisturizers on the market touting magical healing powers for dry winter skin, but it takes more than just lotion to kick dryness to the curb.
Sometimes it takes a joint effort from many different sources to combat winter dry skin issues.
From moisturizers to humidifiers, here are seven solutions that will have your skin welcoming winter with open arms.
Moisturize To Revive Dry Skin
Ok, so I know I just got done saying that moisturizer is not enough, but that does not mean you should not do it.
It is an integral part of your daily skin routine, no matter the season. We mentioned this in an earlier post about our Fall skin care tips.
Proper skin health and hydration can prepare your skin for anything that comes its way. However, did you know that there’s a right way to apply it? Well, now you do.
Before applying moisturizer to any part of your skin, clear away the dead skin cells that prevent your skin from absorbing it. Buff your skin by using a loofah in the shower or exfoliate with a skin scrub.
Put moisturizer directly on damp skin to lock in the moisture. You have a three-minute window before moisture disappears. Maintain humidity by doing this with the bathroom doors closed. If your moisturizer has humectants in it, they will help draw in additional moisture.
Try a spray moisturizer for hard-to-reach places. Even at you are super flexible, you probably can’t reach everywhere.
Target those neglected areas with a continuous-spray, a spritzer, or even one that works upside down.
Protect Your Lips
Locking moisture into your lips is hard.
The digestive qualities of saliva break down the skin and eating, drinking, and talking makes your lips work triple time to keep up.
Use a thick ointment like Aquaphor to hydrate and protect your lips from all types of weather.
Prescription ointments are available for both infection and irritation, but you can try a combination of over the counter solutions, too.
Layer a 1% hydrocortisone cream with an antifungal, like Lotrimin, and petroleum jelly twice a day for three days.
Repeat these steps as needed.
Use a Humidifier Nightly To Hydrate Your Skin
The reason we struggle with dry winter skin is that the air is dry and our bodies cannot draw in enough moisture to stay hydrated.
While we can’t fix the air outside, we can do something about it at home.
For a small apartment or a bedroom, a tabletop machine or small humidifier will do to keep moisture flowing. You may even consider keeping a humidifier under your desk at work. Run it continuously for the best results.
For large homes, many people turn to large combination units or built-in humidifiers with their heating or cooling system.
This helps regulate moisture throughout the house, making the air more comfortable.
Apply Sunscreen Daily For Protection
Don’t be fooled by shorter days, less sunlight, or the cold. Even in the winter, the sun affects the skin’s ability to function and prevents it from holding onto moisture.
Use a low SPF formula to protect against UV rays, or use a sunscreen powder for touching up.
We treat many patients with our cosmetic laser for premature sun spots, wear that sunscreen!
Increase Your Water Intake to Stay Hydrated
Keeping your body hydrated is the best thing you can do for not only your skin but your general health.
Drinking the recommended amount of water daily can boost your skin’s ability to maintain the appropriate amount of moisture.
However, sipping water from a cup leaves water molecules on the surface of your lips. As they evaporate, moisture from your skin goes with them.
Try drinking water from a straw and use petroleum jelly to seal your lips.
Did We Mention, Stock Up On Moisturizer
You can almost never have too much moisturizer.
Keep it in the shower for moisturizing damp skin, in the car to protect against the wind while running errands, and at your desk at work to use throughout the day.
I have a bottle of lotion in every room of the house for my entire family to use when they need it.
It not only protects against dry winter skin but is convenient especially after doing the dishes or hanging up wet clothes to dry.
Did you know taking care of your skin can help prevent premature wrinkles?
Do not Forget to Condition Your Scalp
Our heads can show the effects of dry skin as well.
For those of you with luscious locks, you may often forget that there’s skin under there. You can treat a dry scalp the same way you treat dandruff.
Use a high-quality dandruff shampoo to clear it up, or wash with an exfoliating shampoo.
Even if you do not regularly use conditioner, you may want to consider conditioning your scalp to keep it moisturized.
Winter dry skin is aggravating, irritating, and even painful.
Prep for winter by getting into a routine early. Make it a habit so you will be comfortable and prepared.
Try combinations of these remedies to lock in moisture, seal your skin, and protect your skin from cracking.
Our team of skin care professionals at SD Botox has all the expertise to treat your skin care needs.
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