From the Nashua Dermatology Associates Provider Team
As winter settles in, many of us experience the unwelcome side effects of dry and itchy skin. The drop in temperature, coupled with lower humidity levels, can wreak havoc on our skin’s moisture balance. As dermatologists, we often see an uptick in patients seeking advice on managing dry winter skin. Here are some quick tips to help you keep your skin healthy and hydrated during the colder months:
1. Gentle Cleansing
Choose a mild, fragrance-free cleanser to avoid stripping your skin of natural oils. Harsh soaps can contribute to dryness, so choose a cleanser that maintains your skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Invest in a good moisturizer and apply it immediately after showering or washing your face. Look for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which help lock in moisture. Hydrating from the inside out is equally important. Drink plenty of water to maintain your skin’s moisture levels and overall health.
3. Humidify Your Space
Combat the dry indoor air by using a humidifier. This simple addition can make a significant difference in preventing your skin from becoming parched.
4. Protect Your Hands
Hands are often the first to suffer in cold weather. Wear gloves to protect your hands from the elements and apply a rich hand cream regularly to keep them soft and supple.
5. Sunscreen, Even in Winter
Don’t let the cooler temperatures fool you – UV rays are still present in winter. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, especially on exposed areas like your face and hands.
6. Avoid Hot Showers
While a hot shower may be tempting, it can strip your skin of its natural oils. Try lukewarm water and limit your shower time to help retain moisture.
7. Choose Winter-Friendly Fabric
Wear soft, breathable fabrics like cotton to avoid further irritation. Avoid wearing itchy wool directly against your skin.
8. Consult a Dermatologist
If your dry skin persists or worsens, seek professional advice. A dermatologist can recommend personalized solutions to address your specific skin care needs.
By incorporating these simple tips into your winter skincare routine, you can protect your skin from the harsh effects of the season and enjoy a healthy, radiant complexion all year round. Remember, consistency is key, so make these practices a part of your daily regimen for the best results. Stay hydrated, moisturized, and embrace the winter with healthy, glowing skin.
Nashua Dermatology Associates delivers high-quality medical and cosmetic dermatology in a comfortable and convenient setting. Our experienced team works together to repair and revitalize your skin, and our care philosophy puts you at the heart of our practice.