How to Prevent and Treat Dry Skin in the Winter Months
The end of the year is near, which means gifts, resolutions, and time spent with loved ones. It also means drier weather that is especially harsh on your skin. That’s why our Philadelphia, PA plastic surgeons and skin care specialists want to share some tips for moisturizing your skin during this time of year.
In addition to the advice below, you can always reach out to the team at Jefferson Plastic Surgery for any of your cosmetic treatment needs. We are here to help you look your very best.
Use a Humidifier
One of the best ways to combat the dryness is to invest in a humidifier. Running a humidifier overnight can prevent your skin from drying out while you sleep. It’s also a good idea to keep a humidifier going in other rooms where people spend a lot of time.
Take Short Showers and Baths
Long showers feel great, but they can strip the skin’s natural oils away. Try to take short showers and baths during cold weather to ensure your skin doesn’t dry out.
Don't Use Hot Water in the Shower and Bath
Hot showers sound great on a cold day, but these can wash away natural oils and aggravate dry skin if it’s already present. Take lukewarm showers and baths to maintain that natural, healthy oil.
Use Moisturizing Soaps and Body Washes
It’s important to use soaps and body washes that are formulated to nourish your skin. This can replenish your skin’s moisture that’s been missing through the day.
Don’t Use Scrub Brushes and Washcloths
While scrub brushes and washcloths are a good way to get extra clean, they can damage skin that’s become sensitive from dry weather. Work up a good lather with your hands, or try to be gentle when using washing implements.
Moisturize Immediately After You Shower
The moment after you shower is an ideal time to moisturize. Rather than wait until later, pat yourself dry and then immediately apply lotion to your entire body.
Use Thick Creams and Lotions to Moisturize
The best lotions for the winter months are thick creams and heavy lotions. These moisturizers stay on the skin and fight dryness throughout the course of a day.
Avoid Scratching Your Dry Skin
Even with proper moisturizing, your skin is bound to dry out at some point. You may feel itchy, but it’s important to avoid scratching. Instead, apply more moisturizer to soothe your skin.
Leave Shaving Cream or Gel on Extra-Long
When shaving your face, your legs, or other parts of the body, it’s a good idea to leave shaving cream or gel on for several minutes prior to shaving. This helps reduce skin damage and irritation.
Avoid Skin and Hygiene Products with Alcohol
Skin care products with alcohol dry out the skin. Save those cleaners and washes for warmer weather if you need to. Ideally, you should consider products that do not sap your skin of moisture all year round.
Don’t Use Detergent or Fabric Softener with Fragrances
Strong, fresh scents on linens and clothing may seem nice, but they can cause skin irritation. Go for scentless detergents and laundry products instead to keep your skin healthy and refreshed.
Avoid Wool and Scratchy Garments If Possible
Thick wool sweaters and scarves can be warm, but they can also be scratchy. Try to find winter clothing that’s breathable and that doesn’t irritate your skin when possible.
Continue to Use Sunblock When You Go Outdoors
Even though it’s not the summer, the sun can still harm your skin. Be sure to wear sunblock when you’re outside to protect yourself from UV rays and sun damage.
Learn More About Looking Your Best
If you would like more information and advice on avoiding signs of advanced age and looking your very best, be sure to contact our team of plastic surgeons and skin care experts. Dr. Steven E. Copit, Dr. Patrick J. Greaney, Jr., and Dr. Matthew P. Jenkins are here to help.