Winter is often the worst time of year to keep your skin soft and healthy-looking. The environment is often incredibly dry, which means the air is taking all the moisture it can to make up the deficit—including moisture from your skin. As the temperatures drop, the dry atmosphere and lack of moisture in your skin can cause cracked hands, chapped lips, and scaly skin.
To help combat this damage, you should protect your skin by moisturizing. Choose a product specifically designed for your skin type and apply within a few minutes of bathing (avoid scalding hot water) to trap as much moisture as possible. Vaseline is often the best choice to moisturize dry feet, elbows, and knees.
You can also help improve the humidity in your home or office by using a humidifier. This machine expels moisture into the air, which keeps the winter dryness from sucking all the water out of your skin. It can help prevent flaky, itching outer skin layers.
If winter always damages your hands and lips, make sure to wear gloves on your hands if you live in a snowy climate. Likewise, keep hand lotion and lip balm on you at all times in case you start feeling the need to reapply.
Last, the best way to stay moisturized and protect your skin is to drink as much water as possible. People can often get dehydrated during colder weather. While the summer heat usually triggers people’s thirst, winter weather doesn’t provide the same incentive. Keep drinking your suggested 8 glasses of water a day. More hydration allows your body to distribute more moisture to all parts, including the skin.
If you’re interested in improving your health, talk to one of our skilled Fort Wort doctors at Primary Care Associates of Texas. Our physicians are board certified, meaning they are qualified to provide excellent care and service to our patients. Let us see what we can do to help you meet your health goals.
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