Winter Skin Care Tips
Do you fear what the cold and wind do to your skin each winter?
You're not alone. Many people experience dry, flaky skin this time of year.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways to keep your skin healthy. MetroHealth dermatologist Dr. William Lee Camp explains:
Use a gentle cleanser.
Look for either a mild, fragrance-free soap or a soap substitute that moisturizes your skin.
Use a humidifier at home.
The cold tends to pull the humidity out of the air in our homes. A humidifier increases the moisture in the air and your skin will thank you. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests a home humidity level in the winter between 25 and 40 percent.
Cover up while outdoors.
Make sure to wear a hat, gloves and a scarf to prevent chapped skin including lips and hands.
Nourish your skin.
Apply a moisturizing cream or ointment to your body daily and to your hands after each time you wash them.
Continue to wear sunscreen.
Sunscreen is not just for the beach. The sun’s rays make it through the winter’s grey clouds and fog. In fact, rays are often reflected off snow and can be harmful in the winter. In addition, it’s important for skiers to know that with an increase in elevation there is an increase in UV rays as well. Learn more about sunscreen.
See a dermatologist if you have any concerns.
For compassionate, expert skin care, contact us to make an appointment by calling 216-778-DERM (3376) or request an appointment online. Our team sees patients at 5 area locations from Westlake to Pepper Pike.
Do not take extremely hot or long showers.
The heat removes your skin’s natural oils and can cause drying.
Do not use indoor tanning beds.
In addition to drying out your skin, there is strong evidence that there is a 75 percent increase in the risk of melanoma in those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning, and the risk increases with each use.
Learn more about the dangers of indoor tanning.