Taking care of your skin in winter
Dr. Paul Cohen, Dermatologist
Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015 8:20AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, February 5, 2015 7:47AM EST
Skin problems in winter are more common than you think. Here are some tips and product recommendations.
A daily shower is tempting, but showering in scalding temperatures tends to dry out your skin even more. Hot water removes natural oils from the skin, and the more oils removed, the drier the skin becomes.
Moisturize, moisturize, MOISTURIZE
Moisturizing is an essential part of our skin regimen, but particularly so in this dry, freezing weather. Be sure to choose a product that is specific to your skin type and remember to apply within a few minutes of bathing to trap much-needed water.
Get a humidifier
Yes, it takes up space, but the added vapor will hyper-hydrate your skin and help prevent a flaky, itchy outer layer. Hotel rooms are notorious for being dry so if you travel a lot bring a portable humidifier with you.
Brush you lips with a tooth brush to remove dead skin and coat with chap stick or vasiline to keep them moist.
While a cold sore is caused by a virus cold winter weather can be a trigger. Dry lips get cracks and when the integrity of the skin is interrupted bacteria and virus can enter.
Cracks in the skin on your heels are commonly known as heel fissures. They usually occur when skin becomes dry and aggravates the thick, brittle calluses on your heels. Some people experience deep cracks that feel painful and can even bleed or get infected so ordinary lotion may not be enough and you’ll require special lotion for this.
- Cetaphil daily facial moisturizer
- Toleraine Ultra
- Dormer 211 oil free
- Reversa SPF 15 antiwrinkle cream
- Lipikar Baume
- Aveeno Eczema Care
- Avene XeraCalm AD
- Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
- Skinfix Daily Lotion
- Dormer 211 – Hyper emollient
- Nexcare Skin crack care
- Prevex (prescription)
- Cicaplast Baume B5
- Bioderma Cicabio
Cold Sores/Dry lips
- Xerese (prescription)
- Cortate ointment (prescription)