Gentle skin care: how to survive the harsh winter

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The cold winter can be harsh on our skin. Dry skin and eczema are two of the most common conditions I see this time of the year. I want to share some easy and simple gentle skin care tips that everyone can use.

Bathing tips:

  1. Daily bathing is recommended. Baths are better than showers as soaking can help hydrate the skin.
  2. Avoid super hot water. Although it feels good with the cold weather, hot water can dry out the skin.
  3. Use soap sparingly. Believe it or not, we only really need soap to wash the armpits and groin, or other areas that are visibly dirty.
  4. Use gentle soap products such as Dove Bar soap for sensitive skin. VanicreamCervaVe, and Cetaphil are also great brands for sensitive skin.
  5. Do not vigorously scrub the skin during cleansing.
  6. After bathing, pat your skin lightly with a towel. Do not rub or scrub when drying.

 

Moisturization tips:

  1. Always apply a moisturizer immediately to entire body after bathing. This helps to “lock in” the moisture. Moisturizer can even be applied twice daily if necessary.
  2. Moisturizers containing ceramides are better. Ceramides are natural lipids that our skin needs to stay healthy. I recommend:
  3. Adding in a humidifier at night can be soothing.

 

Lifestyle tips:

  1.  Avoid products such as powders, perfumes, or colognes on your skin; these can cause further irritation in sensitive skin.
  2. Avoid saunas and steam baths. The temperature is too hot.
  3. Use unscented hypo-allergenic laundry products.
  4. Avoid tight or “scratchy” clothing such as wool, as they can cause irritation and itching.

 

Some products that I routinely use:

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Hand cream shown, but I’m currently using the same version for body. It contains AHA, which helps to exfoliate dead skin

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Great for body and face!

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Happy Winter!

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