How can I Treat Dry Skin in January?

Dry skin can be an annoying and painful aspect of the cold winter months. There are a few ways to help treat dry skin once it is here, but it is important to know what you’re doing to prevent further pain. It can be easy to make small adjustments that will make a significant change in the long run. AFC Urgent Care Dedham can provide you with the best at-home treatment options to help relieve your pain. Read more about the patient services we offer. 

Shorten Showers and Moisturize 

When taking a shower or bath, try to use warm water over hot water. Hot water strips the skin of its natural moisture and can make your skin dry. Limiting how much time you spend in the bath or shower can also help save your skin. After drying off, immediately use a cream-based moisturizer instead of a lotion to lock in the hydration. Creams are more effective and less irritating for the skin. Read more about the best cream moisturizers here

Use a lip balm to help relieve dry lips, especially when outside. After using the bathroom and washing your hands, use a moisturizer again. Apply it after every hand-washing, if possible, to get the best results. Our skin is able to stay hydrated if we do not dry it completely and lock in the moisture with a cream. 

Update your Wardrobe

Certain laundry detergents can be harmful to dry skin, so it may be beneficial to pick one that is labeled “hypoallergenic.” Wearing soft clothing such as silk underneath scratchy clothes that can irritate the skin can create a barrier to avoid further irritation. Wearing gloves can also help fight against dry skin since our hands are some of the first places to be affected. Wear gloves when going outside, and avoid getting your hands wet to prevent them from drying out. 

In your Home

Even though your skin is not facing the elements outside, it can still become irritated from the dry air that is inside. Sitting or standing in front of hot surfaces can dry out the skin even further. This can include fireplaces or space heaters. When sleeping at night, or even throughout the day, use a humidifier to add moisture back to the air. Humidifiers can not only help your skin, but it can also help you breathe easier and help fight off any congestion at night. 

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