03 Dec How Do I Stop Winter Skin?
Whether winter is a wonderland or you’re only wishing for snow, one thing is for sure: winter skin is coming. Yes, the dreaded winter skin. With colder weather comes dryer air, which can dry out skin and make it itchy. Learn more about how to stop winter skin in its tracks.
What is winter skin and why does it happen?
During winter, dry air moves in as the weather gets colder. A drop in humidity and colder temperatures mean the skin can dry out more easily than in more humid, warmer months. Winter is also a common time to crank up the heater, which can dry out the air inside your home, too. While everyone’s skin is different, some common markers of winter skin include:
- Dry, flaky skin
- Cracked or rough skin, especially on hands and feet
- Itchy skin
How do I stop winter skin?
Winter skin is annoying, and it can be persistent. But there are a few things to try to help you keep skin hydrated and itch-free.
Drink more water
While it may seem obvious, drinking water is important for both skin health and overall health. It can be easy to not drink enough water in the winter when the weather is cooler but keeping hydrated is essential. If you find yourself struggling to drink enough water, try these tips to incorporate more water into your daily routine.
Use a mild lotion
If you have dry skin in the winter, try finding a mild lotion to use daily. Brands like CeraVe, Aquaphor, Cetaphil and more have mild, moisturizing lotions you can use daily to keep skin hydrated. If you have sensitive skin, try using an unscented lotion to avoid irritation. Also, remember that sunscreen is necessary all year. While applying sunscreen won’t stop your winter skin, it will help ensure you don’t get a surprise sunburn in December.
Use a humidifier
To combat dry air, try using a humidifier. During winter, drier air can dry out your skin and cause itching. A humidifier puts moisture back into the air. This can help re-moisturize your skin.
Don’t shower in hot water
Sometimes, nothing feels better when you’re cold than a scalding shower. But that hot water may actually do more harm than good. Hot water dries out skin and can cause irritation. Try shortening your showers and using lukewarm water to avoid itchy, flaky skin.
See a dermatologist
Board-certified dermatologists and advanced practitioners have specialized training in all aspects of skin health. If you have persistent skin concerns, it’s best to find a dermatologist near you. Dermatologists can diagnose and help create a care plan to take care of anything from winter skin to skin cancer.
Keep your skin healthy year-round
Good skin health starts with good health year-round. Ensuring you’re hydrated and keeping up with your annual self-skin exams are good ways to understand your skin better. Knowing your skin can help you find out what products work for you and help you know when to see a dermatologist for a symptom or spot. Stopping winter skin isn’t always easy, but with the help of these tips and a dermatologist, you can have hydrated, glowing skin all year.
At Loven Dermatology, we are passionate about providing patients in Middle Tennessee with the best dermatological care and service possible. We want to help you look and feel your best. That’s why we proudly offer highly advanced and individualized treatment for a range of skin concerns and needs. Please call us at 615.859.7546 for more information or to schedule your appointment.