Winter Skincare: Cold, Dry Facts
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Reasons for dry skin: winter’s drying effect
When the temperature goes down, your chances of getting dry, flaky and itchy skin goes up. Here are the main causes of winter’s drying effect:
The right moisturizer for winter skincare
The Pharmacist at Walmart can help you read product labels and choose a moisturizer that’s right for you.
Eczema: coping with the big itch
Eczema is a common skin problem which causes the skin to become inflamed, flaking and itchy. There are many different types of eczema, and many different symptoms:
Not sure if your itchy skin is eczema? See your doctor or dermatologist for a diagnosis. They can tell if it’s eczema by looking at your skin and asking a few questions.
Dealing with eczema (atopic dermatitis)
Controlling eczema in winter means taking extra good care of your skin so it doesn’t become cracked and infected. Here’s what experts suggest:
Many people with this condition lack an essential oil in their skin, so it can’t keep in moisture well. Because the skin is so sensitive, almost anything can trigger a flare-up. The list includes:
Avoiding triggers - whether harsh detergents, perfumed products or hot baths - is the best way to control AD. A combination of treatments from emollients to cool compresses can soothe inflammation and itching.
Above all, keep your skin well-moisturised. Greasy moisture creams are best for very dry, cracked and sensitive skin, as they do not sting. Consider looking for a product that is hypoallergenic and perfume-free. Ask the Pharmacist at Walmart about the right choices for you.
Treating eczema: easing the itch
• Use mild soaps/soap-free cleansers and moisturizers. Apply moisturizer right after you bathe, as well as at least one other time each day.
• Take short, warm showers. Very long, hot showers or baths can dry out your skin. Also be sure to pat yourself dry rather than rubbing.
• Don’t scratch. Scratching your skin - even if it’s not inflamed - breaks it down and can cause flare-ups and possible infection.
• Try hydrocortisone. These over-the-counter creams may help mild eczema. If it’s more severe, you might need a prescription cream.
• Use oral antihistamines. They can sometimes help with severe itching.
Don’t just give “lip service” to chapped lips
Unlike your skin, your lips don’t have protective oil glands. So they can really suffer during winter, becoming chapped and split. Sometimes they may even bleed. Here are ways to keep them smooth and healthy:
Here comes the winter sunscreen
Using sunscreen isn’t just for summer. Winter sun can be just as damaging to skin as summer sun - especially when combined with snow glare. Even if the temperatures are near or below freezing, ultraviolet (UV) rays are still present, putting your skin and lips at risk for sun damage. To stay protected:
If you need help picking out a sunscreen, talk to the Pharmacist at Walmart.
Some winter skin tips: from head to toe
Want to be more comfortable in your own skin this winter? Here are a few tips to help:
Wear gloves. The skin on your hands can get dry and itchy. Wear gloves if you go outside. If wool irritates your hands, wear a pair of thin cotton gloves underneath.
Drink plenty of fluids. Aim to add moisture to your skin from the inside as well as the outside. Stick to water and herbal teas.
Don’t forget your feet. Always try to wear a dry pair of socks – wet socks can lead to cracked or split heels and can even cause your skin to break down. Use a heavier-based moisturizing cream to soften the thicker skin on your feet. Apply the cream to your heels and the top and bottom of your feet, but avoid applying it between your toes.
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This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.
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