Easy ways to soothe your skin this winter

Gregory Wiener, MDThe cold winter air outside can wreak havoc on your skin, causing it to itch, crack and even bleed. And the dry indoor air can make your already dry skin feel even worse. This winter, stay ahead of dry skin or keep it from getting worse with these eight tips:

Avoid long, hot showers.

Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils faster. Opt for warm, shorter showers and baths – ideally no more than 5-10 minutes.

Moisturize after bathing.

Lock in moisture by applying a moisturizer when your skin is still damp.

Use a gentle cleanser.

Avoid skincare products that contain alcohol during the winter months as they can strip the natural oils from your skin. Use a gentle fragrance-free soap in place of perfumed soaps, antibacterial soaps and other similar products.

Use a humidifier.

Indoor air tends to be dry during the winter months. Use a humidifier, especially in the rooms where you spend the most time such as the bedroom – especially if you plan on spending time near a cozy fire, which can further dry your skin.

Use a lip balm.

Soothe those dry, chapped lips with a petroleum lip balm at least once per day.

Check your winter clothing.

Often cold-weather fabrics such as wool can irritate already dry skin and make it worse. Wear soft, breathable materials next to your skin and layer with your favorite sweater or other winter wear.

Wear gloves.

Whether you are headed outdoors or performing household tasks indoors where your hands would get wet indoors, reduce dry skin by wearing appropriate gloves.

See your dermatologist.

It’s a good idea to see your dermatologist for regular skin checks as well as to address any skincare concerns. If your dry skin doesn’t heal quickly from any of the advice above, a dermatologist can give you some other options for relief such as a prescription ointment or cream.

These are some common ways to keep your skin happy and healthy during the cold winter months. To learn about more ways to protect your skin or get a healthy glow, schedule an appointment with our office by calling (773) 763-3990.

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