Dry Skin Care in the Cold Weather

In our previous newsletters we discussed shoes for nursing and skin care in a hospital environment.  In this newsletter we are going to go more in-depth into skin care during the dry and cold seasons.

Millions of people are plagued with dry skin every day of their lives. Dry skin is also a common problem for almost everyone during the colder months when the skin tends to become ashy, flaky or itchy, and lips become chapped from the blistering cold wind. Sometimes it seems there is no solution to this condition when people go through countless moisturizers in vain. Some people have even resigned themselves to living with it, saying that dry skin is inevitable during the colder month. However, not until the right approach has been taken to resolve this skin condition, dry skin will continue to be a nuisance.

Dermatologists say there are several ways to combat this ailment and people do not have to resign to living with dry skin. Here are some recommended steps for dry skin care that have been proven to provide relief for sufferers.

• Minimize Shower Time – The amount of time spent in the shower or bath must be limited to a maximum of 10 minutes. Taking longer showers can actually dry out the skin and leave it dehydrated. Keep shower and bathing time as short as possible to maintain moisture in the skin.

• Lower Water Temperature – The skin must be able to retain its natural oil in order to prevent it from becoming overly dry. Hot water shower is known for stripping the skin of its natural oils. Warm water bath or shower is best for preventing the skin from become too dry.

• Use Mild Shower Cleansers – A lot of bathing soaps and shower gels contain components like perfume and alcohol that can strip the skin of its natural oil and leave it dry. Dry skin sufferers must stay away from harsh, grainy soaps and rough washcloths. Instead, a gently fragrance-free cleanser and moisturizing body wash should be used.

• Moisturize After Shower – Water evaporates from the skin after a shower, leaving the skin vulnerable to dryness. To retain moisture and lock it in, a moisturizer must be applied right after a shower. A hydrating body cream is recommended and any moisturizer with extra emollient base is especially good for overly dry skin. Applying moisturizers more than once a day will also help speed up hydration and heal the skin quickly.

• Hydrate Cracked Lips – Chapped and cracked lips is also a sign of dry skin brought on by dehydration, cold wind or the sun. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to hydrate the skin. Apply lip balms that contain ingredients like vitamin E or Shea butter. These ingredients protect against dehydration and bring relief to dry lips.