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Baby, it’s (Really) Cold Outside

Winter is here, and it’s not looking all that mild across many parts of the map. We’ve already been introduced to the concept of a ‘bomb cyclone,’ arguably the most frightening descriptor for weather you’ll ever hear.

Those subzero, don’t-want-to-leave-the-house temperatures and blustery arctic winds can certainly wreak havoc on our plans, but did you know they can also cause problems with our skin?

Harsh winter weather can cause or worsen dry, itchy skin, and may also lead to flares of eczema and psoriasis.

As with most things, the best defense is a good offense, and that means winter-proofing your skin ASAP.

Turn on the Humidifier

We all underestimate just how dry the air is in our homes, and dry indoor air saps precious moisture from our skin. Keep the moisture in by turning your humidifier on this winter.

Skip the Hot Showers and Baths

As tempting as it may seem when it’s frigid outside, hot showers and baths strip the skin of fats and oils, and may stimulate mast cells to trigger that vexing itch-scratch cycle. Take short-and-sweet lukewarm showers or baths during the cold winter months. Your skin will thank you.

Moisturize Like it’s Your Job

If you want to keep your skin hydrated, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Key ingredients to look for include ceramides, glycerin, shea butter, lipids, hyaluronic acids, lactic acid, urea, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil and petrolatum. (FYI, ointments and creams are more effective than lotions.) Generously apply the moisturizer to damp skin after taking a shower or bath to lock moisture in.

Take a Break from Harsh Cleansers and Skin Care Products

Scented soaps, alcohol-based toners and other skin care products that contain fragrance can irritate dry, sensitive skin. If you use any such products, try using them less or an alternative product during these skin-damaging winter months.

Remember your Lips

Lips are generally thin, meaning they can dry out quicker than other areas of the skin. Choose a lip balm that contains moisturizing ingredients including cocoa butter or colloidal oatmeal, and whatever you do, don’t lick your lips! Saliva contains enzymes that dry out the skin of the lips, making matters worse.

Don’t skimp on Sunscreen

Sunscreen isn’t just for summer. It’s important to apply it generously 365 days a year as the sun’s rays are potent in winter, spring, summer and fall. Skiers are especially at risk because the sun’s rays are intensified by the white snow and high altitudes.