Quick Tips on How To Avoid Dry Skin Over the Winter Months 

Winter is coming! So is that dry itchy feeling that seems impossible to avoid for families of all ages. This is why we spoke with Dr. Yan, WorldPath Clinic’s dermatologist, about how our skin can overcome those dry winter months, keeping our skin supple and fresh.  

Cold winter air and harsh winds draws moisture out of the skin, and many of the things we do during the winter to keep warm can also contribute to this dryness. Here are tips to keep your skin well hydrated, soft and smooth through the winter season.

 
 
1.  Avoid soap, use only gentle cleansers: This habit cannot be stressed enough. Never use a cleanser   that is harsher on your skin than the weather outside, and that includes from the neck down. Do not scrub skin; you can't scour away dryness. Scrubbing creates tiny tears on the surface of skin impairing its ability to keep water where it needs to be.
 
2.  Skip long, hot showers: Hot water strips oils from the skin faster than warm water. Long showers or baths actually dry out your skin. Limit yourself to a single 5- or 10-minute warm shower or bath a day.
 
3. Use a humidifier: Low humidity is the cause of most weather-related dry skin, whether it is winter or a desert environment. Humidifiers are relatively inexpensive, last a long time, and work for the whole family. If you have a large home, you may need two or three humidifiers to gain benefit. Be sure to follow usage and cleaning instructions.

 4. Moisturize while skin is still moist: Pat your skin with a towel after you shower or wash your face or hands, leaving it damp. Apply a moisturizer within three to five minutes of washing to lock moisture in. 

5. Eat omega-3 foods: Essential fatty acids can help fortify the skin’s natural oil-retaining barriers. Foods rich in omega-3 include cold-water fish (salmon, halibut, sardines), flax, walnuts, and safflower oil.
 
6. See your doctor: Itchy red patches could be a sign of eczema or atopic dermatitis. While eczema irritation can be eased with moisturizing cream, make sure to see a doctor if the patches continue, or if your wee one seems itchy and uncomfortable.
 What ingredients should I look for in a good moisturizer? 

You don't have to pay a fortune for a good, rich moisturizer. Read the label. Ingredients that may be helpful for dry skin include:

-  Ceramides. Ceramides help the skin hold water and soothe dry skin. Synthetic ceramides may mimic the natural     substances in the outermost layer of skin that help keep moisture in.
-  Dimethicone and glycerin. These draw water to the skin and keep it there.
-  Hyaluronic acid. Like ceramides, hyaluronic acid helps skin hold water.
-  Lanolin, mineral oil, and petroleum jelly (petrolatum). These help skin hold on to water absorbed during          bathing.

Be sure to apply sunscreen to areas of your body that are exposed to the sun during the day. Look for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more that says "broad spectrum" on the label.

Whether it’s cutting back on shower time or purchasing a humidifier it’s important for you to protect yours and your children’s skins health. If you have tirelessly tried all dry skin remedies and still find yourself at a loss, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Yan. There’s no reason for you to live in pain during the already harsh winter months. 

 
  Click here, Call 2020 7888 or email info@worldPathclinic.com to schedule your appointment or find out more information.