Dry Skin Care for the Winter Months

Most of us don’t look forward to the many winter months that Chicago has to offer. The brutal wind and cold weather wreaks havoc on our skin. Xerosis, also know as dry skin, is a condition that is affected by lack of humidity. Dry skin can lead to itchy and painful patches on the body, and can also lead to cracks in the epidermis, which can allow for bacteria to enter and cause infections. During these months we have to pay close attention to our skin.

There are several steps we can take to protect our skin from the harshness of winter. Following simple bath time instructions can make a world of difference in moisturizing your skin. Try to limit your bathing time as long hot showers only exacerbate xerosis. Try shorter lukewarm baths and use a mild cleanser. Cleansers such as Avene TriXera Nutrition Ultra-Rich Cleansing Bar, CLN Dermatologics Body Wash, Avene XeraCalm A.D. Lipid Replenishing Oil available at skinfo.com, are not only non-drying, but also moisturizing. Dab dry the skin after showering and immediately apply moisturizer. Your skin will soak up the emollients. Moisturizers such as Vanicream Moisturizing skin cream, skinfo® Vital Tea Body Balm, Avene XeraCalm A.D. Lipid Replenishing Cream available at skinfo.com, help the epidermis stay healthy throughout the dry winter. Apply immediately after bathing and one additional time later in the day to help prevent itchy dryness.

For the face consider using a gentle cleanser and stepping up your daily moisturizer. In the winter wash your face with skinfo® Clean but not Dry or SkinCeuticals Soothing Cleanser. SkinMedica Rejuvenative Moisturizeror Avene Skin Recovery Cream available at skinfo.com, are all good moisturizers that can help keep your skin healthy. Be proactive not reactive to this years winter dryness. Stay moisturized, hydrated and keep your home humidified to fight off winter xerosis. 

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