Dry skin can be a problem year-round, but it can especially be noticeable in the winter months. Here is a refresher on treating and preventing dry skin.
-Apply moisturizer right after getting out of the shower to help keep the moisture in. Not all moisturizers are created equal. If basic moisturizers are not effective enough, look for something thicker or more powerful. You can try Vanicream Moisterizing Skin Cream.
-Check the humidity setting of your furnace. Recommendation in the winter is for 35%-40% humidity in your house.
-Do not use very hot water when you shower. It can dry out your skin by removing your natural oils.
-Transition to a non-soap liquid body cleanser which is less drying than a typical bar of soap. You can try Sutton Ageless Gentle Cleanser.
-Keep your skin from getting exposed to the elements by wearing gloves and appropriate winter gear.
If your skin continues to be itchy, dry, and red, it could be a skin condition such as psoriasis or eczema. Come see your dermatologist at Sutton Dermatology + Aesthetics for diagnosis and treatment.
This article was written by Stephanie Sutton, MD, who is a contributing author to the Sutton Dermatology Blog. Stephanie Sutton is a psychiatrist and she focuses on wellness.