Ice skating, sledding and building snow people with your children make for the perfect winter day. You love these outdoor activities; unfortunately, your skin isn’t as thrilled about winter as you are. In fact, your skin is protesting; it’s dry, dull and cracked.
These 5 tips from the doctors at Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin will have you happily enjoying the outdoors, and will put you on the road to winter skin health.
1. Use Sunscreen Daily
The temperature might be in the teens, but the need to protect your skin from the sun is a year-round activity. Apply sunscreen like it was summer. Use a broad-spectrum product with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, apply to all skin exposed to the elements, and don’t forget to reapply often.
2. Protect Your Lips
You lips are especially sensitive to the elements; the dermatologists in Wisconsin suggest you always wear a lip balm with sunscreen (minimum SPF of 15). If your lips do become chapped, avoid licking them, as this adds to moisture loss. You can gently exfoliate your lips while in the shower to keep them soft and remove dry skin.
3. Keep Dry
Dress appropriately when enjoying outdoor winter activities: layer and wear waterproof or water-repellent clothing. If your clothing does become wet, swap it for something dry, or call it a day. Wet clothing can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking, sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.
4. Stay Hydrated
It might be winter, but you can still work up a sweat skiing, sledding and snowshoeing. Well-hydrated skin provides a better natural barrier for your body and is less susceptible to environmental toxins.
5. Moisturize Often
Cold temperatures and dry winter air rob the skin of moisture. Frequently applying a cream- or oil-based moisturizer can help lock in your skin’s natural oils. Selecting a moisturizer that also provides sun protection is an added bonus.
Winter brings different skin health challenges. Chronic dry skin, seasonal acne and eczema are common winter complaints. The dermatologists of Wisconsin offer advanced, experienced care personalized for your skin health needs. To make an appointment, call 855-337-6947 or you can go online to schedule an appointment.
Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, S.C. changes it’s name to Forefront Dermatology
At Forefront Dermatology formerly Dermatology Associates of Wisconsin, our caring and experienced dermatologists will personalize a treatment plan for each individual using the best and most appropriate technologies in dermatology. We strive to improve the communities we serve by decreasing the severity of skin disease through public awareness initiatives, personalized treatment plans, and effective collaboration with our partners in medicine that brings the best dermatology in your neighborhood.
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