While the winter weather outside may be frightful, that doesn’t mean your skin has to be. The colder temperatures can dry out your skin and cause an uncomfortable tightness. Cracking, peeling, flaking and even rashy skin results in the frigid winter weather. Summer air is filled with moisture which keeps your skin hydrated. The winter air however, is dryer and lacks this moisture. This means your skin becomes dehydrated and scaly. The pain caused by these skin conditions makes winter a miserable time of year. But there are some things you can do to prevent this excessive drying and actually enjoy the coziness of this season.
1-Seek professional care
First and foremost, if your skin is prone to painful cracking and drying during the winter, you need the help of an experienced dermatologist like Dr. Ted Lain Dermatology in Austin & Pflugerville. Going to the drugstore and purchasing any random moisturizer will not deliver the same results a dermatologist can. Skip the trip to the store and invest in your comfort. We will analyze your skin type and prescribe something that works. To avoid frustrating skin dryness this winter, making an appointment with Dr. Ted Lain Dermatology is a must and should be your first step.
2-Use an oil based moisturizer
Water based moisturizers evaporate quickly and will not protect your skin for long. An oil based moisturizer creates that protective oil layer, keeping your skin hydrated and trapping any escaping moisture from your skin. Using this at night is especially helpful.
This might surprise you but sunscreen is not just for the summer. Apply sunscreen to your face and hands before going outside. Those winter UV rays are just as damaging and harmful in the winter so it is key to protect yourself.
4-Wear gloves and socks
Wearing socks all day and putting on gloves when you venture outside, keeps that thinner, delicate skin on your hands and feet from drying out. If your skin is sensitive, you might want to avoid scratchy wool socks and gloves and opt instead for a softer cotton.
5-Use a humidifier
Increasing the moisture in the air in your home can be quite beneficial for the health of your skin. Chapped hands and lips occur when the air is dry but by running a humidifier intermittently throughout the day, you can add that moisture into the air and give you skin and little drink.
6-Drink enough water
When your body is dehydrated, your skin suffers. Making sure you get adequate fluids is vital to the health of your skin. Drinking 8-10 glasses per day will help make your skin and lips crack and peel less.
Your Austin skin care team awaits
Don’t suffer a moment longer with cracked and brittle skin this winter. Make an appointment today to alleviate your discomfort. We have the answers to all your skincare needs so delay no more. Your local Austin dermatology staff and experts at Dr. Ted Lain Dermatology are excited to assist you.
Austin, TX 78732