6 Ways to Prevent Dry Skin This Winter

September 19, 2017 / Health
6 Ways to Prevent Dry Skin This Winter

The weather is starting to change. The leaves are turning colors.  These things can only mean one thing … It’s football season!

It’s also time to start thinking about your skin.  Men are more likely to suffer from dry and itchy skin due to cold weather than women are. Why is that? Because women are more aware of how to take care of their skin.  Remember last year when you were outside in that cold, dry, windy weather? Did you put any cream on your hands?  Of course not, that’s why your chapped hands cracked and started bleeding.

Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Dermatology to help you be at your best.

  1. Hit the showers, but only briefly and keep it warm. Hot showers can strip your body of essential oils that protect your skin. These oils act as a defense against cold weather. Use enough water and a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser to remove dirt and oil. And don’t scrub your skin! If you take a bath, keep it to less than 10 minutes or so. After you get our, towel blot your skin gently dry.

  2. Apply moisturizer immediately after washing. Moisturizers work by trapping existing moisture in your skin. Apply a moisturizer after showering and washing your hands and face. Look for ointments and creams that contain olive oil, jojoba oil, or Shea butter since they are more effective and less irritating than lotions.

  3. Wear lip balm.Choose a lip balm that feels good on your lips. Lip balm won’t work if you left it on the sink. So keep it in your pocket.

  4. Use only gentle skin care products. When your skin is dry, stop using deodorant soaps and skin care products that contain alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Look at the ingredients in your laundry detergent, too. Avoiding these products will help your skin retain its natural oils.

  5. Watch the open flames.Sitting in front of a campfire is a cool experience. Too much of this good thing can dry out your skin – either bundle up or be prepared to slather on the moisturizer.

  6. Add moisture to the air. Plug in a humidifier to add moisture in your home. It will be good for your skin as well as your breathing.

Don’t be afraid to pull out that moisturizer. You’ll be at your best as you cheer on your team.

How does dry skin affect your outdoor activities? We’d love to hear from you. Comment below.

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