How to Keep Your Skin Healthy This Winter
November 11, 2015 - Tough times could be ahead for your skin. Winter’s dry and low air temperatures suck the moisture out of skin cells, causing dry, itchy skin. To protect against seasonally dry, flaky skin:
1. Clean it
Dermatology provider, Julia McGee, PA-C of the Bingham Dermatology Center recommends a mild soap that has no perfumes, antibacterial agents or other irritating chemicals. “It’s also important to shower after exercise that causes you to sweat considerably. Try to rinse with warm water instead of hot, and use soap only on the areas that really need it,” she says.
2. Lock in Moisture
The best products are ointments and creams because they contain more moisture-locking oil than lotions do, McGee says. Apply moisturizer right after washing your skin; when it is still damp it will absorb moisture best.
If your child has a rash that isn’t cured by a bit of lotion, it might be eczema. The term “eczema” encompasses several conditions characterized by dry, inflamed skin that can lead to itchy patches and rashes.
Do the following to prevent flare-ups during the cold weather:
It’s important to take your child to a dermatologist if he or she has intense itching; patches of dryness and roughness; swelling; lesions that ooze, crust or scale; or skin discoloration.
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