Tired of itchy, dry and chapped skin during the coldest season of the year? The crisp, cold temperatures of winter siphon moisture from your skin, leaving your body feeling parched and chapped. Though wind, low humidity and frigid weather cannot be avoided completely, there are ways to protect your sensitive skin. Following a few tips and routines will add moisture back into your life and help you obtain healthier and happier skin.
- Moisturize Daily: Proper moisturizing is key to a clear and healthy complexion. When you apply agents such as Aloe, Shea Butter and Argan Oil to the skin’s surface, you’re creating a barrier which protects against wind and cold. Products infused with oils, vitamins and antioxidants work best at protecting your skin. Be sure to apply lotion to your face, hands and body to maintain a healthy glow and smooth skin.
- Stay Hydrated: When your skin is cracked and irritated, it’s trying to send you a gentle message. Dry skin is an indicator you’re not consuming enough fluids. Drinking eight glasses of water daily helps ensure your body maintains proper moisture levels. We know an ice cold glass of water may not be enticing around this time of year, so hot tea and cocoa also count towards your goal.
- Take Warm Showers: While a nice hot shower may sound appealing, the heat actually steals more moisture from your skin. We recommend short, warm showers during winter months to promote hydrated and healthier skin.
- Use a Humidifier: Artificial heat removes moisture from the air and leaves your skin dry. An easy way to stay warm while combating the negative effects is adding a humidifier to your room. This will offset the effects of radiators and space heaters, leaving you feeling and breathing better.
- Bundle Up! : This one may seem like a no-brainer, but so many of us forget to bundle up before we go outside! Dressing warm adds a second layer to our skin and protects us from the winter elements. Wearing gloves, a warm hat and a scarf not only serves as a barrier against harsh wind, but increases blood flow to your limbs.
- Eat Healthy: As always, consuming the correct food is very important in the way you feel and look. Eating foods rich in vitamins and fatty oils helps improve the appearance and hydration of your skin. Fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, broccoli and celery are high in water content and extremely beneficial towards maintaining your daily intake.
Adequately protecting your body’s largest organ is an important step in the prevention of colds, abrasions and of course, dry skin. Be sure to take time during your busy days to pay attention to proper hydration and don’t be ashamed to pamper yourself. If you’ve done all you can for your body and are still experiencing dry, irritated skin, it may be a sign of a serious condition. Please reach out to Advanced Dermatology today to schedule your consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists.