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Preventing Dry Skin in the Winter

By: Dr. Wang Skincare Education Team

Dec 20, 2016

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Preventing Dry Skin in the Winter

As the the temperature drops, so does your skin’s ability to retain moisture. The winter months can bring uncomfortable dry, cracked skin, which can also lead to inflamed eczema. This yearly struggle to keep your skin hydrated may have you wondering why your skin gets more dry during the winter months and how you can keep it moisturized.

Use a humidifier. Don’t underestimate the power of a humidifier. The machine emits vapor that moisturizes the air within your house. This hydrates skin and helps prevent the outer layer from becoming itchy and flaky.

Don’t put away the sunscreen! Sunscreen isn’t just for the summer. The sun combined with glare from the snow, can still damage your skin. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and hands, and let it soak before going out into the cold.

Helping hands. You may have noticed that your hands usually are the first part of your body to dry out during the winter. The skin on your hands is thin, meaning that it has the most difficulty maintaining moisture. Apply hand cream throughout the day and wear gloves outside to help remedy dry hands.

Avoid hot showers. Hot showers or baths may seem like the perfect way to unwind after a chilly day, but they actually do more harm than good. The heat breaks down lipid barriers in the skin, which can cause moisture loss and eczema flares. Shower or bathe only in lukewarm water.

We hope these suggestions will help you keep your skin moisturized this winter. If you have any methods that work for you, please share in our comment section!

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