Hydrate, don’t hibernate this winter because of flaky dry skin! Dermatologists, Dr. Marilyn Berzin and Dr. Dale Isaacson, reveal five fast fixes for dry winter skin, all used by Hollywood A-Listers.
Shorten Shower Time: Bathing too frequently will dry out the skin. No more
than one bath or shower per day is recommended. Dr. Marilyn Berzin advises
you keep it short and not too hot.
“Anything too hot and longer than 5-10 minutes will start removing natural oils from the skin.” says Berzin. Dr. Berzin also recommends using a mild, fragrance free cleanser such as Dove or Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser. Applying a moisturizer about three minutes after a shower or bath will help lock water into the skin.
Read Labels: When you pick out a moisturizer for the winter, Dr. Isaacson advises you look for key ingredients.
Dimethicone and glycerin help draw water to the skin and keep it there. Products that contain lactic acid and urea help relieve dry skin, even severe cases. Lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum (also known as petroleum jelly) effectively trap water in the skin.
“If you are using an anti-aging product that contains alpha-hydroxy acid or retinoids, they can actually irritate dry skin, so switching to a moisturizer for a few months can help dramatically,” says Dr. Isaacson. Products that contains alcohol
or fragrance can irritate dry sensitive skin.
Pamper Your Hands: Due to the thin skin; hands bear the brunt of winter more than any other part of the body. Besides wearing gloves when you are outdoors, Dr. Berzin recommends applying hand cream after every hand wash.
“During cold and flu season we are constantly washing hands, grabbing the hand sanitizer which contains a lot of alcohol. Great for fighting germs but it constantly depletes our hands of much needed moisture,” says Berzin. Eucerin Plus is a favorite among celeb dermatologists.
Think Humidity: Plug in some small humidifiers around the house! This can add some much needed moisture to the air, which is also great for a dry scalp.
When to See a Dermatologist: Dr. Berzin and Dr. Isaacson say if these changes do not bring relief, make
an appointment to see a dermatologist. Very dry skin may require a prescription ointment or cream. Dry skin also can be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as Eczema or Psoriasis.