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Published on January 15, 2018

Tips for Healthy Skin this Winter

Skin in the winterThe cold and dry winter months can lead to dry or uncomfortable skin. To keep your skin happy and healthy this winter, follow some of these key tips:

  • Switch to Warm Showers – Hot water and soap strip your skin of the natural oils that keep the skin hydrated.
  • Moisturize Within 3 Minutes of Bathing – Emollients in moisturizers saturate the skin to keep it hydrated, and moisturizing before you completely dry will help keep some of that hydration throughout the day.
  • Check the Ingredients – Look for products containing ingredients that help moisturize and protect your skin like glycerin, lanolin, urea or Hyaluronic acid.
  • Don’t Forget the Top of Your Hands! – The top of our hands is covered by a thin layer of skin that may need extra attention and consistent use of hand sanitizers can really dry out this delicate area. Try to limit the hand sanitizer to the bottom of your hands when possible to minimize dryness.

Coconut oil has become a very popular moisturizing tool in the last few years because it can penetrate the deeper layers of skin. Unfortunately, it can also aggravate sensitive skin when used by itself in large amounts. For those who are acne prone, have sensitive skin or combination skin, it may be best to add a drop or two to your moisturizer to minimize irritation. It’s also a good idea to keep sunscreen in your daily routine, as snow can reflect UV rays as well. UV rays are especially harsh in spring when the sun is closest to the earth, so getting in the habit of applying sunscreen can save your skin from damage when you least expect it.

Dr. Natalie Depcik-Smith, dermatopathologist and the medical director of the Melanoma Treatment Center at the Cone Health Cancer Center, spoke on Fox 8 House Call about ways to take care of your skin this winter.