Colorado is notoriously dry, and when winter hits it only gets worse! Dryness can damage your skin and cause serious discomfort, but it also aggravates aging. To avoid looking older than you need to, Dr. Todd Becker recommends taking preventative steps to keep your skin moisturized and lovely all winter long.
1. Hot baths and showers can make things worse. To avoid aggravating dry skin try:
- Closing the bathroom door to trap the steam
- Limit showers or baths to 5 to 10 minutes when possible
- Try to only use warm water, not hot water
- Use gentle, fragrance-free cleanser, such as Rinnova’s Gentle Hydrating Cleanser.
- Instead of rubbing yourself dry, make sure to gently blot your skin with a towel
2. Apply moisturizer immediately after every wash. Lotions work by both trapping existing moisture in your skin and adding essential oils to keep your skin balanced and bright. To get the full benefit of your moisturizers, you should apply a moisturizer within few minutes of:
- Drying off after a shower or bath
- Washing your face or hands
3. Know your ingredients. Look for a cream or ointment that contains an oil such as olive oil or jojoba oil. Shea butter also works well. Other ingredients that help to soothe dry skin include lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum. Rinnova offers a variety of products containing these various ingredients, if you need a place to start.
4. Wear lip balm. Choose a lip balm that feels good on your lips. Some healing lip balms can irritate your lips. If your lips sting or tingle after you apply the lip balm, switch to one that does not cause this reaction. Lip balms with sunscreen, such as EltaMD’s UV Lip Balm, are especially helpful in Colorado, as snow reflects sunlight and increases risk of UV damage.
5. Use gentle skin care products. Some skin care products are too harsh for dry, sensitive skin. When your skin is dry or chapped, avoid using:
- Deodorant soaps
- Skin care products that contain alcohol, fragrance, or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)
- Reduce use of any retinoid creams to every other day, or twice a week
6. Wear gloves. Our hands are often the first place we notice dry skin. You can reduce dry, raw skin by wearing gloves. Be sure to put gloves on before you:
- Go outdoors in winter
- Perform tasks that require you to get your hands wet
- Get chemicals, greases, and other substances on your hands
7. Choose non-irritating clothes and laundry detergent. When our skin is dry and raw even clothes and laundry detergent can be irritating. To avoid this:
- Wear cotton or silk under your clothing made of wool or another material that feels rough
- Use laundry detergent labeled “hypoallergenic”
8. Stay warm, but be careful about cozying up to a fireplace or space heater. Sitting in front of an open flame or other heat source can dry your skin, and sometimes even cause a reaction similar to eczema. When the yule log is blazing, make sure to stay at least three feet away from the source of heat.
9. Add moisture to the air. Humidifiers are a great way to add moisture to the dry air of Colorado. Be sure to keep the filters clean, and replace the water regularly.
If you want personalized advice to keeping your skin healthy and happy in the Colorado air, make an appointment! We offer free consultations to anyone looking to make their dream skin a reality. Contact us by calling 303-444-0664 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.