With record low temps across the US this week, it’s the perfect time to discuss caring for dry winter skin. Cold weather, dry air and low humidity can cause problems for your normal skincare routine. It’s important to take extra care of your skin this time of year so we’ve compiled a few tips to make it easier.
Coolibar medical advisor Dr. Jaime Davis of Uptown Dermatology in Minneapolis knows the effects cold, dry air can have on skin. She recommends turning down the heat on your shower and using a fragrance free ointment or cream during the winter, instead of a lotion. Davis also suggests keeping the moisturizer in the shower, to seal in moisture. “Keep it right in the shower and sort of squeegee off the excess water, but put your moisturizer on immediately after you turn the shower water off.” This technique will help retain moisture in your skin.
WebMD had some more helpful hints to help keep skin moisturized and healthy.
- Always wash your face before bed. Cleansing at night is important.
- Use a soap free cleanser, they are made of milder ingredients and will prevent dry skin.
- Skip scrubbing your skin. Believe it or not, scrubbing can irritate your skin, making it even worse!
- Pat yourself dry. Rubbing can cause abrasion to your skin.
- Moisturize daily. Moisturize 2-3 times a day to prevent dry skin.
Winter, the dry skin season, is tough on your skin but taking better care of yourself will make it a little more manageable. Goodbye dry, itchy skin!