How to keep the skin hydrated during the winter months
If you live in the area of Chevy Chase, MD and deal with dry, parched winter skin, it’s time to work with a professional to develop an appropriate skincare routine for this season. Dr. Margaret Summerville of Chevy Chase Dermatology educates patients on the importance of switching skincare regimens during the changing seasons to properly care for the skin. The air is colder and dryer, and patients deal with different problems in the winter versus the summer months. Working with a professional to create a proper routine that keeps the skin hydrated is key to maintaining beautiful skin all year long. Here are a few tips for patients on keeping the skin moisturized in the harsh winter season.
- Avoid long, hot showers. Even though the cooler months make hot showers much more inviting, it will actually dry out the skin more than it will hydrate it. Keep showers short and avoid using hot water, which can leave skin parched. Immediately after getting out of the shower, apply a rich body lotion or cream to lock in the moisture.
- Use hydrating lip balm. Lips are one of the first areas where dryness occurs with dry lips. Licking the lips can cause more harm than good. Utilize a moisturizing lip balm with SPF every day, and avoid licking the lips or removing the lip balm so it can work its magic!
- Use a humidifier where you spend your time. Whether you spend most of the day at the office or in your living room, consider using a humidifier during the winter months to keep the air moisturized and reduce dryness throughout the body in the skin and lips.
- Change your moisturizers to oil-based solutions instead of water-based solutions. Moisturizers used on the face may need to be changed out during the drier months. Oil-based moisturizers are better at locking in moisture when used. Consider ingredients that can also help soothe dry skin, including chamomile, lavender, and jojoba.
Maintaining hydrated skin during the winter months requires additional care and attention
If you reside in the area of Chevy Chase, MD and are interested in working with a dermatologist to develop a winter skincare routine that keeps skin healthy and moisturized, call the practice at (301) 656-SKIN. Dr. Margaret Summerville of Chevy Chase Dermatology is pleased to offer skincare recommendations to new and existing patients at her facility, located at 5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 830.
Category: Skin Care