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The best ways to banish dry winter skin
27 Jan' 21

The best ways to banish dry winter skin

 

Do you experience itchy, dry skin in the winter? You're not the only one who feels this way. Many of my patients question me about the best cream to use to treat their dry skin throughout the winter months. But there's a lot more to dry skincare than moisturizers. 

Here are some dermatologist-approved dry skin prevention and relief tips: 
 
1. Soaps that are harsh are not your friends.
Many people enjoy the sensation of being "squeaky clean" after showering using strong soaps. However, these soaps deplete your skin's vital lipids (fats), which keep it hydrated. Instead, use a moderate, fragrance-free cleanser to clean your underarms and groins, as well as any area that is obviously filthy. 
 
2. Showers that are warm rather than hot.
As much as the next person, I look forward to a hot shower at the end of a chilly winter day. Hot water and extended showers, on the other hand, can irritate and dry the skin. Saunas, hot tubs, and Jacuzzis can all help. Try adjusting the temperature down slightly so that the water is warm rather than hot, and restrict showering to once a day for no more than 10 minutes, especially if your skin is dry. 

3. It's important to moisturize correctly.
When your skin is still damp, such as after a shower, it is the greatest time to moisturize. After patting your skin dry gently, use a decent moisturizer from head to toe. It is not only more effective, but it may also feel less greasy on your skin due to the presence of moisturizing traps.
 
4. Go easy on yourself.
Use delicate, unscented skincare products, such as deodorants and hypoallergenic laundry detergent. Skin irritation can be avoided by using gentle or hypoallergenic products; preventing irritation can assist preserve the healthy skin barrier needed to retain water from the inside. 
 
5. Consider purchasing a humidifier.
Using a humidifier to keep the humidity over 30% during the dry winter months can make a major difference for your skin. 
 
6. The battle between nature and nurture.
The filaggrin gene has a hereditary mutation in some persons. This gene is crucial for the creation of the skin's outer layer, which acts as a barrier to assist the skin to retain moisture. The affected individuals are predisposed to eczema and persistently dry skin due to this mutation. Following all of the above strategies to prevent and treat dry skin is extremely crucial for people with this mutation. 
 
You may need to consult a dermatologist if your skin does not improve after making these modifications. A prescription ointment or lotion can sometimes help with very dry skin. Dry skin can also be a sign of a more serious skin condition; a dermatologist can assess your skin and recommend the best routine for you.

 

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