Caring for your skin this winter
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Winter weather can conjure up a variety of emotions for those living in Wisconsin’s frigid temperatures. For some, it brings memories of sledding, skiing, or ice-skating and warming up with hot cocoa and a cozy fire. For others, frigid temperatures also bring trouble – dry, flaky, even itchy and cracked skin.
Fortunately, there is help when it comes to caring for skin during the winter season. The key is to actively switch up your skin care routine. What worked in spring and summer likely won’t be as effective during the cold, dry winter months.
Take shorter showers
A long, steaming-hot shower or bath after coming in from the cold might sound appealing, but it’s not doing your skin any favors. Hot water and soap can strip valuable oil from your skin. The longer the shower, the more oil lost, which can lead to less protected, dry, cracked skin. Use lukewarm water and take shorter showers.
As the weather changes, so, too, should your moisturizing routine. Use oil-based moisturizers in winter. They better protect the skin by helping it retain more moisture.
Get out of that wet clothing
Shed your wet clothing as soon as possible. Avoid the itching and skin cracking that can result from staying in those wet mittens and socks for too long.
Invest in a humidifier
Fireplaces and heating systems dry the air circulating in our homes. That can lead to dry skin. A humidifier helps replace that lost moisture within the home, a positive for your skin.
Remember to drink water. Cold weather means mugs of hot chocolate, coffee, tea, hot cider and more. Remember to down a glass of water from time to time and hydrate your skin from the inside.
Sunscreen is for winter use as well
It may come as a surprise to some, but sunscreen isn’t just for summer weather. Your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays every time you step outside. Apply sunscreen even during the winter months.
See your dermatology specialist
Your dermatology services provider can provide you personalized advice on a skin care routine and products that will work best for you.
Following these basic tips can help you better care for your skin this winter.
Nick Grimm, PA-C, sees patients in Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay and Marinette. To request an appointment, call 920-288-8240 or do so online.