While we might not experience the typical freezing temperatures, harsh winds and bundling up in thick clothes that accompanies the winter season (thanks, Florida!), we are not immune to the effects of cooler weather! When the humidity levels drop, our skin is the first to let us know about it. Many people may experience a dry or tight feeling. If cold weather bothers your skin, we can help! Here are four tips for keeping dry skin under control this winter season.
- Avoid rapid temperature changes and wear layers – In winter, our body transitions between more extreme temperature changes than other times of the year. This cycle of moving from cold air outside to warmer, often heated, air inside can cause our skin to become dry and cracked. Make sure that when you do go outside, that you wear enough layers (in natural fabrics, if you can) to keep your body at a similar “indoor” temperature so the change in temperature is less dramatic. Also, it’s a great idea to protect the areas of your body that typically get dryer faster, so wear gloves if your hands are sensitive, and make sure to trade your sandals for close-toed shoes.
- Moisturize often and drink lots of water! – Using a daily moisturizer is important throughout the year, but even more so during the winter months. If you need to, moisturize more frequently throughout the day, and use a heavier moisturizer if your skin has become especially dry. The best time to moisturize is right after you get out of the shower, when your skin is still damp. We recommend using fragrance-free, sensitive skin soaps and lotions, as dry skin may be more susceptible to irritation by fragrances. It’s important to remember your lip balm and your water bottle, too! It’s equally important to hydrate from the inside out to keep your skin in it’s best shape possible.
- Use mild skincare products – During the changing temperatures of winter, and especially the swings of cold to warm in Florida, skin can become more sensitive. This means that products you typically use can start to irritate your skin, especially when you add on wool clothing or heavy sweaters. To show your skin some love, try to use products that don’t have any harsh chemicals or fragrances, and instead aim for fragrance-free skincare products. Make sure to also avoid excessively washing your hands and face, and always use a moisturizer after doing so. We are proud to offer some amazing skincare options for you, and are happy to suggest a product that will help hydrate your skin!
- Use prescription ointments – If your dry skin has become uncomfortably itchy, our board certified dermatologists might recommend a prescription for creams, ointments or medications to treat eczema. Treatments could include steroid creams to relieve itchiness; topical calcineurin inhibitors (which are non-steroid medicated ointments); phototherapy or light therapy, to reduce inflammation; and over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription antihistamines.
We know that the winter months can be a welcome treat to the otherwise warm climate in Florida, but it’s best enjoyed when our skin isn’t itchy and flaking! If you have dry skin you can’t seem to get under control, our team is here to help. Please reach out to schedule an appointment today and start enjoying comfortable skin tomorrow.