To stay healthy, your skin needs more than hats, gloves, and coats as layers of protection from the cold weather. The colder weather and wind bring a lack of moisture outside and can cause cracking, chapping, irritation, and skin conditions such as eczema.
The Important “Don’ts” for Winter Skin
- Don’t forget to moisturize: Moisturizer helps protect against the harsh elements. It’s best to apply moisturizer directly after a bath or shower to help seal in and replenish the skin with the necessary water and oils.
- Don’t let your fingers freeze: Wearing gloves is a simple, easy way to help protect hands from the cold temperatures and dry air that trigger eczema. Nails also can become brittle; gloves also help eliminate cracked and splitting cuticles and nails.
- Don’t skip the sunscreen: Since the snow reflects sunlight, the ultraviolet rays of the sun during the winter are still strong. Participating in winter recreational activities without applying sunscreen may result in severe burns.
- Don’t forget about the lips: One recent study shows that only 6% of Americans are aware that ultraviolet rays can cause lip cancer. The study also revealed that men in North America have a five to 10 times greater incidence of lip cancer than women. During the winter months, men and women alike should apply lip balm or lipsticks that contain a high sun protection factor (SPF).
- Don’t take long hot showers: While everyone enjoys basking in a long hot shower, the hot water can strip the skin of its natural elements – contributing to dry skin. Instead, use lukewarm water for a shorter period of time.