The skin can be the best barometer of changing seasons. Our skin relies heavily on moisture to keep it hydrated and supple. With the onset of cooler months, humidity in the air decreases and our skin undergoes transepidermal water loss (TWEL). This causes the skin to become dry, parched, chapped and itchy. Prevention is the best ally in fighting dry skin.
Children don’t have the capacity to control their body temperature the way adults do. Making sure they are bundled up against winter weather is extremely important.
For acne sufferers, cold weather robs the skin of moisture, causing the skin to dry and irritate from prescribed acne topical medications. Applying a topical oil-free moisturizer can help repair the skin’s barrier and prevent dryness.
Rosacea flares in the winter, as a result of not enough protection from the cold. Without enough protection, raised red bumps on the cheeks, chin and forehead will appear within days. Cover your face before you go outside in cold weather if you suffer from rosacea.
Eczema causes dry, inflamed red skin that is extremely itchy and uncomfortable. Warm baths and heavy moisturizers are key to keeping eczema at bay. Hand eczema can be a problem in the winter when hands crack and bleed. Apply a moisturizer and keep them covered at all times.
- Take shorter, cooler showers
- Use soap only under the arms and in the groin area
- Apply a moisturizer while the skin is still damp (right after shower) to lock in moisture