Monday, January 13th, 2020
Winter Skin Fixes
The winter months can be rough on our skin. Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra, co-host of “The Doctors,” shares ways to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.
For dry skin, hot showers and baths are extremely drying and dehydrating, even though they are especially tempting in winter months.
- Keep showers and baths short and not too hot.
- Use a fragrance-free body wash because detergents and perfumes can strip moisture from the skin.
- In general, soaps that form a lot of lather are more drying.
After bathing, be sure to pat skin dry instead of rubbing. In the winter, you could be tempted to reach for a thick, rich moisturizer to combat dryness. However, a thicker lotion doesn’t always mean better.
- When choosing a product, look for ones containing ceramides and/or hyaluronic acid. Both help form the skin’s barrier and help retain moisture. For especially itchy flare-ups, products containing colloidal oatmeal or hydrocortisone can help soothe itchiness.
Because layering clothes may be necessary in cold, winter months, stick to breathable, non-irritating materials such as cotton.
- Avoid overheating that can lead to flare-ups.
Dry, winter months can bring about incessant runny noses that grow more and more irritated as you continuously blow your nose. The delicate skin on and around nostrils is susceptible to becoming red and chapped, making it uncomfortable to continue to blow your nose.
- To soothe raw, irritated runny noses, apply a small dab of moisturizer or petroleum jelly on and around your nostrils to offer some relief.
- Since irritated, chapped skin can create openings for infection-causing bacteria, wash the area with a gentle cleanser before applying ointment.
- Petroleum jelly works to help seal your skin with a protective barrier so it can retain moisture. A very small dab around the nostrils is sufficient; inhalation of fat-based substances like petroleum jelly for prolonged periods of time can cause lung problems in rare cases.
The skin on your lips is thinner than the rest of your face, making it more susceptible to harsher winter elements.
- Sometimes lip balms can actually have the reverse moisturizing effect. Lip balms with funky flavors and perfumes can actually irritate your skin and waxy products sometimes coat rather that hydrate dry skin.
- If you have flaky patches on your lips, a helpful tip is to apply a little facial exfoliant to damp lips with a toothbrush, scrub gently, then follow with appropriate lip balm.
- It’s most important to apply a rich lip balm before bed so your lips stay protected throughout the night – things with ceramides or squalene. You want to do it at night because a lot of people are running the heater, so lips get dehydrated. Also, when we sleep is when cell renewal occurs, and you’ll get maximum efficacy.
- It’s important not to forget sunscreen, so try to use lip balm with sunscreen.