Winter weather can be hard on your skin. The air outside is cold, the air inside is warm, and everywhere the air is dry. These conditions can cause itchy skin for everyone, but especially for those who deal with conditions like eczema and psoriasis. So how do you survive the winter? Use these products in your winter skin survival kit!
When it comes to your facial cleanser, you want to look for products that have the terms “gentle” or “moisturizing” on the label, and avoid any containing alcohol. We have several cleansers available for purchase at our front desk that would work well, such as Revision Skincare’s Soothing Facial Rinse ($33).
Don’t leave the cleansing just to your face! You should take care in selecting a winter body wash that will hydrate skin all over your body. Products containing petrolatum, shea butter, and silicones can be especially soothing for eczema.
For your winter facial moisturizer, you may need to add a cream or serum to your routine for trouble dry spots. Your typical facial moisturizer will usually be thinner and less likely to cause acne, but might not lock in as much moisture as a cream or oil will. Revision skincare’s Hydrating Serum ($86) is a great addition to your winter skincare survival kit!
When applying your body moisturizer, make sure to do so just after a bath or shower, while skin is still damp. This helps your moisturizer trap existing moisture in your skin. Look for ointments and creams that you squeeze from a tube or scoop from a tub, as opposed to ones you pump from a bottle, as thicker formulations typically pack more moisture.
You should never stop applying sunscreen! Keep a daily sunscreen containing broad spectrum SPF, like ISDIN’s Eryfotona Actinica Daily mineral SPF 50+ sunscreen (available from our office for $70), on hand even in colder months.
If you notice extreme dryness or pain resulting from dry skin, you may need to see a Dermatologist to rule out a more serious underlying skin condition. Savannah River Dermatology is located at 575 Furys Ferry Rd in Augusta, Ga. Our office can be reached at 706-691-7079.