304 North Cardinal St.
Dorchester Center, MA 02124
Not every flake that falls during the winter is composed of snow. The combination of low relative humidity and cold weather is a recipe for disaster for our skin, causing it to become dry and flaky. The skin loses even more moisture thanks to the heating in the house, in addition to the drier air outside. What is the result? Winter itch.
The health of the skin is vital not only for aesthetic reasons but also, perhaps more importantly because the skin is responsible for so many of the fundamental functions of the body.
In addition to this, it guards the body against the myriad of pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria, to which an individual is subjected on a regular basis. In addition to this, it guards against the potentially lethal UV radiation that the sun emits, which can cause damage to cells.
A person with healthy skin is also able to react more effectively to significant changes in their environment by feeling discomfort or pressure. Conditions such as xerosis (dry skin) and eczema (itchy, dry, reddish patches or lesions on the skin) can be triggered by the cold weather months, and the severity of these conditions might vary. The cold weather months can substantially affect skin health.
Lotions are not the best choice for normal to dry skin; petroleum or cream-based moisturizers are preferable. If you have sensitive skin, look for a moisturizer that does not contain any lanolin or smell.
After you have finished showering, apply moisturizer to your damp skin so that it can assist in the process of locking in surface moisture.
An excessive amount of cleaning can strip the skin of its natural moisturizers. Once a day should be plenty to clean your face, hands, feet, and the creases of skin in between your fingers and toes.
It is not required that you use soap or cleanser on your trunk, arms, and legs on a daily basis; nonetheless, you should rinse these regions with water every day.
If you suffer from “winter itch,” try taking brief, tepid showers or baths using a cleanser that does not irritate the skin and is not detergent-based. Apply a thick cream or a moisturizer that is similar to petroleum jelly as soon as possible thereafter. Dry the skin by patting it gently.
A lack of humidity in the air might cause your skin to lose its hydration. Humidifiers placed in rooms can often be of great use. However, in order to lessen the chances of mold and fungi growing, it is important to regularly replace the water and clean the unit as directed by the manufacturer.
Cover your face with a bandage and apply a lip balm that contains petroleum. Protective agents for the skin that contain petroleum and moisturizers that contain creaminess are both beneficial.
Some persons are more susceptible to skin conditions brought on by cold temperatures, such as frostbite.
If you notice any changes in the color of your hands or feet, especially if they are accompanied by pain or ulceration, you should consult a doctor very away. It is possible that you have frostbite if you experience excruciating pain in a finger or toe, followed by a loss of sensation in that area.
Keep in mind that the sun’s rays can still cause damage to your skin even in the winter. If you want to spend a significant amount of time outside during the winter, you should still protect your skin from the sun by applying sunscreen that has a UV protection factor of 15 or higher. An excessive amount of time spent in the sun can hasten the aging process of the skin and even cause cancer.
Tans obtained via tanning beds and artificial sunlamps always cause irreparable damage to the skin and significantly raise the chance of developing skin cancer.
Because self-tanners can have a drying effect on the skin, it is important to use them in conjunction with additional moisturizer if you want to maintain your summer glow.
Because of your body’s exposure to the sun on a daily basis, your body’s natural vitamin D production will be higher during the summer months, but this exposure will be lower during the winter months.
Taking vitamin supplements throughout the year is one way to guarantee that you obtain the necessary quantities of vitamin D for optimal health.
You should visit a dermatologist not only in the winter but also at any other time of the year if you experience persistent dry skin, scaling, itching, rashes, or skin growths that are concerning to you.