Four Tips to Keep Your Skin Moisturized in Cooler Weather

by Alisha Bridges Patient Advocate

It seems like summer just flew by, and winter will be here before you know it. Like many others, my psoriasis is at its worst in the winter time. The cold can be very harsh against the skin, especially for those with psoriasis. If you don't take the steps necessary to keep your skin moisturized, your psoriasis can become extremely flaky, crack, itch, and bleed. Here are some of the things I do to keep my skin from drying out in the winter time:

Take luke-warm showers, not hot I love hot showers -- the type of showers that fog up the entire bathroom -- but a nurse told me a few years back that hot water on the skin is just as bad as the cold in the winter. She advised that hot water dries out the skin, and would be counterproductive with the treatments I was using at the time. I was told to take luke-warm showers only. Although I would much rather a steaming shower, I did discover a positive difference in my skin after I began using luke-warm water instead of hot

Add oils to your baths
You should also use luke-warm water for a bath. In addition to cooler water, you can add oils to help moisture penetrate your skin. Olive oil, baby oil, and moringa oil are my favorites, many of which can be used as body and massage oils as well!

Moisturize right after your shower/bath Heavy-duty moisturizers, such as Eucerin moisturizing cream, works best for me. After I get out the shower/bath I don't dry off completely; I pat dry my skin but leave some water on my body. Afterward, I apply the moisturizing cream all over, from the neck down. Leaving your skin slightly damp adds more moisture when using it in conjunction with a moisturizer. Note, however, that leaving your skin damp but not moisturizing may actually cause more dryness. Find a moisturizer that works for you and be sure to always lather up with it after your shower/bath.

Drink lots of water The best way to hydrate your skin is by working from the inside out. Drinking lots of water will help moisturize your skin and help give you a better glow. In my experience, when I am drinking more water, my skin sheds and cracks a lot less.

Alisha Bridges
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Alisha Bridges

Alisha Bridges has dealt with psoriasis since 7 years old after a bad case of chicken pox triggered her disease to spread on over 90% of her body. For years she hid in shame afraid of what people would think of such a visible disease. She has suffered from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks due to psoriasis. Years ago Alisha wrote a letter entitled “My Suicide Letter.” The letter was not about actually killing herself but killing parts of her like low self-esteem, fear, and shame so she could truly live to her fullest potential. This proclamation catapulted her into psoriasis and patient advocacy. Following this letter she created a blog entitled Being Me In My Own Skin where she gives intimate details of what it’s like to live with psoriasis. Alisha is a community ambassador for the National Psoriasis Foundation and has served her community in countless ways to help give a better understanding of what’s it’s like to live with psoriasis. Her life motto is the following: “My purpose is to change the hearts of people by creating empathy and compassion for those the least understood through transparency of self, patient advocacy, and dermatology.” Alisha is also a Social Ambassador for the HealthCentral Skin Health Facebook page.