8 Ways to Prevent Dry Winter Skin

by Amy Hendel, P.A. Health Writer

Colder weather can be very drying even to supple skin, causing dry patches and flakes.
If you already suffer from dry skin, winter can make it worse.

What can you do to prevent dry, flaky, itchy winter skin? Simple changes in how you bathe and what products you use during the winter months
can
help:

  1. Apply gentle moisturizers right after you shower, when your skin is still damp.

  2. Moisturize daily and use creams that are thicker.
    Go for "sensitive skin" choices if your skin is really dry and itchy.

  3. Try to only shower once daily and keep it to a quick shower.
    Prolonged showers actually draw moisture
    from your
    skin.

  4. Don't use water that's too hot and use emollient soaps or "non-soaps" like Cetaphil.

  5. Use a humidifier in your bedroom and office.

  6. Use petroleum-based moisturizers
    on your
    lips when you're out in the cold for long periods.

  7. Don't forget to use sunblocks -- even during the
    winter months.
    The last thing you want is dry skin getting a sunburn.

  8. See
    a dermatologist
    if you
    have scaly skin or develop
    dry,
    bleeding areas. You could have eczema.
    Seek medical attention if you're truly in discomfort.

Amy Hendel, P.A.
Meet Our Writer
Amy Hendel, P.A.

Known as "The HealthGal", Amy Hendel P.A. is a medical and lifestyle reporter, nutrition and fitness expert, health coach and brand ambassador. Trained as a physician assistant, she maintains a health coach private practice in New York and Los Angeles. Author of The Four Habits of Healthy Families, find her on Twitter @Healthgal1103 and on Facebook @TheHealthGal. Check “Daily Health News” at healthgal.com. Her personal mantra? “Fix it first with food, fitness, and lifestyle.”