Change your routine with your clothing
Even if you do not have any skin conditions or issues, you should be aware that your skin care routine needs to change with the weather. Everyone understands changing the way we dress in the winter months. Away with the short sleeves and out with the sweaters. It is just as important to understand that skin care and cleansing need to change when our skin is exposed to harsher weather elements. This is typically the time of the year when the humidity drops. Exposing our skin to dry air and gusts of wind can cause fine lines and wrinkles to become more noticeable. Beyond its appearance, dry skin can itch, crack, and bleed in severe cases. Making appropriate changes in your skin care routine can help prevent or heal dry skin.
Changing your cleansing routine
When the humidity is low and you are susceptible to dry skin you must make sure that your cleansing routine helps your skin to retain moisture. The changes are amazingly simple. For example, when washing or showering, close the bathroom door to maintain maximum moisture in the air as you bathe. Cold winter mornings are so tempting for long hot showers, but you should limit your time in the shower to 5 or 10 minutes. The same goes for soaking in that luxurious bath. Opt for warm water rather than using hot water. The heat from hot water softens your skin’s protective oils, add soap into the mix and these protective oils can be stripped away. Speaking of soap, it is highly advisable that you use a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser. In spite of the rigorous drying that you see on the commercials, you should gently blot your skin with a dry towel. Apply a moisturizer immediately after drying your skin.
Creams versus lotions
Ointments and creams that contain natural oils such as olive oil, cocoa butter, or jojoba oil are more effective and less irritating than lotions. Develop a habit of carrying a non-greasy hand cream for use after each hand washing. For your lips, choose a lip balm with sunscreen protection. Be careful if you use a healing lip balm, if you experience stinging or tingling after you apply the lip balm, switch to one that does not cause this reaction.
Protect your hands
Our hands are extremely vulnerable to developing dry skin. One of the best ways to reduce dry, raw skin on the hands is to wear gloves. It is important that you wear gloves anytime that you go outdoors in winter weather, or perform tasks that require you to expose your hands to water, chemicals, or greases.
Check with a dermatologist
Adjusting your skin care routine for cold, dry weather should help you keep your skin protected this season. If these changes do not prevent dry, cracked skin, you may want to see a dermatologist. He or she can determine if it is necessary for you to use a prescription ointment or cream. Your Charlotte dermatologist can evaluate your skin and explain the best course of action for your condition.
A top Charlotte dermatologist for dry skin
If you are dealing with itchy, burning, and cracked dry skin, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality and innovative treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your dry skin or any other skin condition.