Even in southern California there are weather changes in winter, despite the lack of snow and subzero temperatures. With heat on at home and in our workplace, the humidity is similar to extreme desert air. That is why skin dries out.
Follow the easy steps below to keep your skin nourished and healthy all winter.
- Moisturize every time you shower or wash your hands. Don’t wait until your skin is dry and peeling. For the best benefit, do not dry the skin completely; apply hand cream or body lotion on damp skin. Products with ceramides or shea butter are very effective, especially if mixed in a heavier cream base instead of a light lotion. I like Cerave cream and Lipikar baume by La Roche Posay.
- Avoid hot long showers; try lukewarm water and shorter showers. With the drought conditions, 5 minutes is best.
- Drink lots of fluids. Healthy skin depends on how you nourish your body. Aim to consume at least nine glasses of water daily. This includes water found in foods as well as what you drink. Eating foods with high water content such as leafy greens, fruit or soup is a good option. Not a fan of plain water? Try unsweetened herbal tea.
- Use gentle soaps and laundry detergents. The chemicals and scents in many soaps and laundry detergents can irritate skin that is already sensitive. Chose products labelled “gentle” and “unscented”
- Use different products for face, hands and body. The eyelid skin is not the same thickness as the skin on the bottom of the feet and requires a different type of product. Here are some of my favorite products in all price ranges for special skin areas:
- For dry peeling skin on feet elbows and knees look for an exfoliating product with salicylic acid or urea -Skin Smoothing Cream ( available at my office) or Cerave SA at the pharmacy
- For dry cuticles try Burt’s Bees cuticle cream or Opi cuticle oil
- For crinkly eyelids look for products with hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that holds moisture in the skin. My favorite is Skin Medica eye cream with hyaluronic acid plus 3 anti-oxidants. A good product under $25 is Burt’s Bees Intense hydration eye cream.
If these tips do not solve the problem, you may have eczema, which requires a consultation with a dermatogist. Learn more by clicking here.