It’s that time of year again, and the cold weather that winter brings can have some unwanted and unpleasant effects on your skin. Winter skin concerns can range from dryness and tightness to flaking, inflammation and even eczema. However, with the proper preparation and treatment for your skin, you can stay comfortable all winter long.
In the winter months, drier air and cold weather can cause skin to dry out more than in spring or summer. This means you may need to choose a different moisturizer than you use in those months. Swap out a water-based moisturizer for one that is oil-based and will moisturize as well as give the skin a protective barrier.
Keep it lukewarm
It may seem like a good idea to hop in a nice, hot shower after coming in from the wintry cold, but doing so can wreak havoc on your skin! Hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils and leave it feeling over dry and tight. Instead, take a lukewarm bath or shower. Also, avoid washing your hands with extremely hot water as it can have the same effect.
Get a humidifier
Using your home’s central heating system can suck moisture from the air and dry your skin out. A humidifier used in the home can put moisture back in the air and help prevent your skin from getting too dry.
See your dermatologist
Sometimes a salesperson at a drug store is not the most knowledgeable resource for skin care advice. A dermatologist can tell you what your skin type is and recommend products and a particular skin care regimen for you during the winter months—as well as year-round.
Don’t lounge in wet clothes
When you come inside from the cold weather and wet snow, don’t leave damp clothes on. Wearing wet clothing and shoes can aggravate skin conditions. Remove wet gloves, clothes, socks and pants as soon as you get inside.
Use that SPF!
Summer is not the only time of year for sunscreen. Even in cold winter months, the sun can have damaging effects on your skin. If you will be spending time outdoors and in the sun, apply a moisturizing sunscreen before heading out—and remember to reapply often!
By taking these extra steps this winter, you can avoid the damaging effects that cool, dry air can have on your skin. However, if you still experience skin problems in the winter, you may be having a flare-up of a more serious condition like eczema or psoriasis. Visit us at the Medical Center of McKinney to find out more about these conditions or locate a dermatologist who can diagnose and treat your symptoms.
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