For many, the change in season is something welcomed with open arms; from fireside gatherings in the frosty, winter months to sun-soaked beach days in the Spring. For others, this change in climate and weather can wreak havoc on their skin.
During the frigid, winter months we tend to spend much of our time indoors. As the air becomes drier, humidity levels drop drastically. For those of us cooped up inside, this means circulating air and pumping central heat – a recipe for dry, flaky, and cracking skin. Make sure to keep a humidifier going to add moisture back into the air. For those on a budget, a bowl or two of water next to the radiator really does work wonders.
Do you love a hot bath after a hard work day in winter? Unfortunately, you’re better off turning the temperature down a bit – to say, luke-warm. Long soaks in a tub and sweltering showers can cause overall dryness, or conditions like eczema to pop up. If you simply can’t settle for less than a steamy shower, be sure to use a moisturizer to replenish any lost moisture within minutes of stepping out of the shower. Our recommendations include Vaseline or Aquaphor, Cetaphil Cream, Cerave, or Eucerin.
Tonya Sook, APRN-C tells patients they may need to change their moisturizer and cleanser during the colder months. She uses and recommends Clara Medical Skincare Recovery Cream or Replenish,
Even though it’s winter, sunscreen is still critical. It’s wise to invest in the right products to keep skin healthy, lock in the body’s natural moisture, and keep harsh sun rays at bay all year round. People should never underestimate the importance of wearing a powerful sunscreen. SPF is just as vital in the cold season, as it is on a beach day; after all, the sun reflects off snow, intensifying its rays. For skiers and snowboarders, Dr. Renata Prado recommends carrying a sunscreen stick. “There’s no excuse to reapply sunscreen on the slopes, since you don’t even need to take off your gloves to use a sunscreen stick,” she shares.
Our choice of dress can also be detrimental to our skin. If you’re prone to problems such as rashes, itchiness, and dryness; opt for loose fitting clothing spun from natural fibers (such as cotton, linen, and silk). When it’s cold out, layer up, so you can dress appropriately throughout the day as it warms up.
In addition to alleviating a variety of skin irritations, a dermatologist can offer great preventive care for overall skin health – from ways to prevent skin cancer, to anti-aging techniques that prove that age is just a number. If you’re interested in learning more, contact the team at Vanguard Skin Specialists by calling (719) 355-1585.