Summer is over, and winter will be here before we know it. And with the cold and wind comes dry skin.
At Dermatology Associates P.C. of Norwood, Foxboro and Franklin, our staff can help you develop skin care plans to protect your skin throughout the year. To learn more about our programs and treatments, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dermatology Associates today.
The American Academy of Dermatology recently offered some tips and information on how to prevent dry skin.
The academy reports that maintaining the same skin care regimen throughout the year does not work well when humidity drops and seasons change. Without changing your approach to skin care, dry air can cause wrinkles and fine lines. And dry skin often itches, cracks, flakes – and in some cases, even bleeds.
To help deal with dry skin and keep it from reappearing, the AAD recommends the following:
- Don’t let showers and baths make dry skin worse. If your skin is dry, be sure to close the bathroom door when you bathe and keep shower time to five or 10 minutes. Using warm water rather than hot is best. Wash with a mild, fragrance-free cleanser and be sure to use enough cleanser to remove oil and dirt. Avoid using so much cleanser that a thick lather appears. Gently blot skin with a towel. After drying skin, immediately apply moisturizer.
- Use moisturizer after washing. Creams, ointments, lotions and other moisturizers trap existing moisture inside your skin. To ensure you trap the moisture, apply moisturizer soon after you dry off following a shower or bath.
- Washing your face or hands: Use ointments or creams instead of lotions. Creams and ointments are typically more effective and irritate skin less than lotions. Select creams or ointments with olive oil, or with jojoba oil. Shea butter also is a good option. Other ingredients that ease dry skin are lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, lanolin and mineral oil. Keep a non-greasy hand cream in your bag and use it after you wash your hands. This helps relieve dry skin.
- Use lip balm: Select one that feels good on your lips. Some balms irritate lips. If your lips begin to tingle or sting after you use lip balm, change to a balm that does not produce this reaction.
- Only select gentle and unscented skin care products. Some products are way too harsh for dry and sensitive skin. If your skin is dry, do not use deodorant soaps or products that include alcohol, retinoids, fragrance or alpha-hydroxy acid, known as AHA. Not using these products allows skin to retain natural oils.
- Wear gloves: Your hands can often be the first place where dry skin is noticed. Put gloves on when you go outside in the winter or perform tasks that get your hands wet.
- Select clothes and laundry detergent that don’t irritate skin. When skin is raw and dry, clothes and certain laundry detergents can make things worse. To avoid irritation, you can wear silk or cotton under your clothes made of wool or other rough materials. Remember to select laundry detergents that are labeled hypoallergenic.
- Stay warm, but try to stay away from the fireplace and other heat sources. Sitting near an open flame or other heat source can make skin dry.
- Add moisture: Use a humidifier. Check your home’s heating system and determine if you have a humidifier – and whether it works!
Don’t let the chill of autumn and winter leave you with dry and irritated skin. Contact Dermatology Associates to learn more about keeping your skin fresh during the winter.