Winter Skin Tips To Survive The Dry Cold Months

We all have our favorite cozy winter traditions.  Sitting by the fire with a cup of coffee, skiing in the fresh air or bundling ourselves under a blanket with the heater on are a few examples.  Unfortunately, these can cause our skin to be irritated and dry. While dry winter skin can be uncomfortable or, for some, painful, it can be rather simple to remedy. If the fear of irritated, dry or flaky skin is stopping you from enjoying your favorite winter activities, read below for some winter skin tips on how help.

  1. Continue to wear your sunscreen. Yes, the weather is colder and the sun seems to be blocked by clouds but your skin is still susceptible to damage. Sun damaged skin tends to be dryer. Continuing your sunscreen usage will prevent further damage.
  2. Load up on antioxidants and omega-3s. If you have been slacking on the sunscreen application, you may want to include more antioxidant and omega-3 rich foods to assist in repairing any skin damage.  Blueberries, cranberries and beans all contain high levels of antioxidants. Eggs, salmon and walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids.
  3. Purchase a humidifier. The heater may provide comfort from the cold but you skin will be begging for moisture. Using a humidifier in your bedroom at night can help alleviate the discomfort of dry skin. Place them in other rooms of your home as well to reap the benefits throughout the day.
  4. Avoid hot water. Whether in the shower or washing hands, hot water is sure to strip the skin of moisture. Opt for lukewarm water if you can as the lower heat won’t be as harsh on sensitive winter skin.
  5. Use a quality moisturizer. If using hot water is an indulgence for you in the winter, go ahead and give in.  Just make sure to use a proper moisturizer right after. Look for one that is oil-based rather than water-based as this will allow the moisture to penetrate the skin more efficiently. For added assistance in this, exfoliate your skin at least once a week. This will remove the dry, flaky skin that so many of us suffer from during the winter months.
  6. Drink your water. Hydrating your insides will reflect on the outside.  Make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This is a healthy tip for all seasons that will benefit your overall health.
  7. Wear gloves. Wearing warm gloves outside can combat the harsh, dry, winter air. Additionally, wearing rubber gloves while cleaning or doing the dishes keep your skin away from any hot water or harsh cleaning chemicals.

 

If you feel your skin discomfort is severe, please be sure to visit one of our urgent care locations for medical care. Cracked, red and bleeding skin are all reasons to visit one of our locations.  Our providers can help you with your questions and concerns. For more convenient assistance, check out our online appointment booking.

Sources:

https://www.bewell.com/blog/12-tips-to-keep-skin-soft-and-glowing-in-winter/

https://www.webmd.com/beauty/features/ten-winter-skin-care-tips#1

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/sc-winter-skin-protect-health-0217-20160210-story.html

https://www.livestrong.com/article/88029-foods-rich-omega3-fatty-acids/