Winter not a good time for skin

By • Published: January 30th, 2009
Category: Health in a Heartbeat

The weather outside is frightful. And when the mercury dips, your skin is often what ends up looking scary. Cold weather can dry out your skin, leaving you as itchy and scaly as Godzilla in a scratchy wool sweater.

But like bringing in your plants during a freeze and scraping frost off your windshield in the morning, caring for your skin during the winter just takes a little extra work.

So what advice do dermatologists have to keep your skin soft and the itch at bay?

Step one: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. To get the most out of your moisturizer, doctors advise applying it before you towel off after a shower or bath. What type of moisturizer you choose matters too. The secret? If you have sensitive skin use a brand free of dyes or fragrance. Also, dry-skinned folk should choose creams or concoctions that contain petroleum.

Step two: Step away from the soap. Soap can dry out skin and experts say unless you’re rolling around in dirt you don’t need to use it every day. Also, turn down the temperature in the shower.

Step three: Shield your skin from the elements. Bundle up when you go outside and don’t forget sunscreen. U-V rays can still damage your skin when it’s cold.

Step four: Call your dermatologist. If your skin is really dry or you develop a rash, your problem may not be winter skin.

These tips should help you make sure Godzilla is the only scary one this winter.