Just about everyone has dry skin in the winter and spring. The winter is very dry, and the heat in your home or place of employment can dry the air out even further. Once winter is over, it is easier to get your skin’s moisturization under control. Here are a few springtime tips for alleviating the dry skin you got in winter.
Taking long hot showers may be soothing, but they are also very bad for your skin. Try taking shorter warm showers instead so that your skin doesn’t dry out as much. You should also be using a mild unscented soap or a soap-free cleanser that will be more likely to leave moisture in the skin. Only use soap when needed, as soap is not necessary on the whole body every day. Another tip is to not dry off completely after showering so that the moisture can be absorbed by the skin.
After Shower Care
You should apply a skin moisturizer immediately after your shower and while your skin is still damp. A moisturizer is not the same as a lotion. Lotions are thick and can clog the pores. Moisturizers are light on the skin, do not leave a film, and absorb fully into the skin.
Around the House
To help keep skin from getting too dry, it is a good idea to run a humidifier in your home. You may need more than one humidifier if you spend a lot of time in more than one area of your home, such as one for each floor. If you don’t have a humidifier, you can boil water on the stove to add some moisture to the air.
If you have been suffering from dry skin and you are not able to relieve it with these tips, you might need medical intervention. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.