Winter often sneaks up on us and harsh temperatures can wreak havoc on our skin. Avoiding common skincare problems like dryness and cracking can be difficult during the cold months. Use these helpful tips on how to protect your skin and you’ll be one step ahead of the game.

1. Preventing Cracked Knuckles and Cuticles

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New York City dermatologist Doris Day, M.D., recommends switching to a heavier moisturizer if you find your skin is cracking or dry. According to SELF, Dr. Day suggests choosing a cream that has oil instead of water as one of its first five ingredients.

2. Dodging Overall Dry and Itchy Skin

The idea of having a warm shower seems like paradise when it’s freezing outside. However, hot water may not be the best idea for your skin during the winter. Harvard Medical School advises adjusting your routine to include bathing with lukewarm water for only five to 10 minutes daily. It will also help to choose moisturizing or soap-free cleansers during the winter months.

3. Lather on Lip Protection

Dry lips can be painful when they’re chapped and this is even more common when the temperature gets colder. Shape explains that licking your lips may not help since enzymes in your saliva aggravate your skin. Instead, the Mayo Clinic suggests using a lip cream or balm with sunscreen to prevent or ease chapped lips. You can also cover your mouth while outdoors with a scarf.

4. Cover Up to Avoid Windburn

Healthline describes windburn as the burning and redness that occurs after your skin has come into contact with windy winter conditions. The reaction can cause symptoms like peeling but covering your skin with warm clothing can help with prevention. However, if windburn happens to you, there are products that can help. New York City dermatologist Sejal Shah says that aloe vera and a petrolatum-based moisturizer can help heal your skin.

5. Don’t Forget Sun Protection

The sun impacts your skin all year round and you should always be prepared for the UVA and UVB rays. The Canadian Dermatology Association notes that snow, water and light coloured sand can also increase the sun’s harmful effects by reflecting up to 80 percent of the sun’s rays back at you.

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References:

  1. Miller, Korin. 2018. “What To Do About Dry, Cracked Skin In The Winter”. SELF.https://www.self.com/story/dry-cracked-winter-skin.
  2. Publishing, Harvard. 2018. “Top 5 Fixes For Itchy Winter Skin – Harvard Health”. Harvard Health. https://www.health.harvard.edu/skin-and-hair/top-5-fixes-for-itchy-winter-skin.
  3. “Cure Chapped Lips In 3 Quick And Easy Steps”. 2018. Shape Magazine. https://www.shape.com/lifestyle/beauty-style/cure-chapped-lips-3-quick-and-easy-steps.
  4. “Chapped Lips: What’s The Best Remedy?”. 2018. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dry-skin/expert-answers/chapped-lips/faq-20057819.
  5. “What Is Windburn? Treatment, Prevention, And How Long It Lasts”. 2018. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/windburn.
  6. Fasanella, Kaleigh. 2018. “Windburn Can REALLY Mess With Your Skin In The Winter, But Nobody Knows About It”. Allure. https://www.allure.com/story/what-is-windburn-sunburn-differences.
  7. “Sunscreen FAQ – Canadian Dermatology Association”. 2018. Canadian Dermatology Association. https://dermatology.ca/public-patients/sun-protection/sunscreen-faq/.
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