That uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands and feet can be so distracting, not to mention, it can be downright painful. For some, the problem is worse than just a general tight dry feeling. Skin can get so dry that it results in flaking, cracking, burning and even eczema can occur which is when the skin becomes inflamed.
When it’s cold outside what do we do? We run indoors and crank up the heater. While our body defrosts, our skin dry’s out. Know the difference between dry and dehydrated skin and follow our tips to prevent any further damage.
• Smaller pore sizes
• Feels dry all over the face, scalp and body
• Lacking water
• Affects any skin type
• May feel oil and dry at the same time
Both skin types
• Tight feeling
• Dull looking
• Feel sensitive
• Products may sting/burn
• Rough skin texture
• Fine lines may look accentuated
Now that we know what our symptoms are, let’s learn how to prevent further damage to our skin.
Moisture more – find an ointment moisturizer that is oil-based rather than water-based as the oil will create a layer on top of the skin to protect it and help retain more moisture than a cream or lotion.
Don’t forget your hands – the skin on your hands is thinner than most parts of the body and has fewer oil glands so be sure to keep your hands moist when it’s cold and dry outside to prevent itchiness and cracking of the skin. Wear gloves when outside and use an ointment on your hands throughout the day. I always moisturize at night by applying a thick layer of ointment on the tops of my hands before going to bed. If you can, buy a pair of cozy loose-fitting socks that you can place over your hands to keep the ointment from getting on your sheets.
Use your humidifier – while many of us use a humidifier when someone’s sick, during the winter months, I use it daily to add moisture back into the air. When you turn your central heating system on, your blasting hot dry air throughout your house/office. Using a humidifier will help disperse moisture back into the air to keep your skin from drying out.
Hydrate – Not only is water good for overall health, it helps your skin stay hydrated. Drink at least 8-12 glasses a day. If you drink caffeinated beverages, you need to increase your water level to replenish the dehydration you get when drinking caffeine.
Grease those feet – daily exfoliation of your feet along with a moisturizer is super important all year long for your feet. During winter, you want to keep up with your daily exfoliation but it’s important to set your moisturizer aside and use a petroleum-based lotion instead. Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells so your lotion will skin in faster to repair the skin deeper. At night, I usually use Aquaphor or petroleum jelly on the bottoms of my feet and wear a cozy pair of loose-fitting socks to keep the sheets clean.
If you find that these tips just aren’t doing the trick and your symptoms are worsening, call your provider at NOAH and schedule an appointment to talk about other options you can try to heal your skin.