Even if you love crisp, cool days, you probably don’t love what they do your complexion. Dr. Elizabeth McBurney, clinical professor of Dermatology at Tulane University mentions in her self-help blog: “Skin gets dry because the wind and cold weather irritate it. The lack of humidity in the air causes it to lose moisture rapidly. This causes flakes and scaly patches, which in turn give you a sallow, dull appearance.”
Below are a few tips to help prevent dry skin associated with cold weather.
1: Moisturize Daily
Dr. Robert R. Walther, Dermatologist at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center mentions: “Remember, dry skin is due to a lack of water, not oil. Apply moisturizers immediately after bathing or showering to trap water in the skin.” For stubborn, flaky areas on your face, use a hydrocortisone cream (available over the counter) followed by a moisturizer. When fighting dry skin, it’s always best to use a fragrance free moisturizer.
2: Fight Back with Steam
Soften dry patches by doing an at-home steam facial. You can put your face over a pot or bowl of hot water -make sure to put a towel over your head to trap the steam. Follow up with an exfoliating mask or scrub, then the fragrance-free moisturizer of your choice.
Dry air pulls natural water form your skin, leaving it itchy and chapped. By using a portable humidifier in your office or home, this will add water vapor to the air, which indirectly helps the skin retain that moisture. This will help keep your skin from drying out. Also, be sure to avoid excessive heat. Do not keep your heat above 78 degrees; it diminishes moisture from the air and adds to your dry, itchy skin.
4: Protect Yourself from the Wind
It’s important on cold, windy days to cover your face – so grab that bright scarf you’ve been hiding away for days just like this:
Hint: You can also use a petroleum-based lip balm for your lips.
It’s simple! 20-30 minutes of exercise three times a week is recommended to give your skin a healthy glow, so grab your significant other and take a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood.