We love living in Colorado, but the extreme climate and high altitude affect our skin in a more intense way than in other regions. Dry skin is a common complaint in the winter season, many of my patients ask me how to treat this type of skin condition. If you have severe dry skin and associated problems, please schedule an appointment at one of our offices so that we may best personalize your treatment plan.
There are several things that you can do to combat dry and itchy skin during the winter and promote healthy and glowing skin.
It starts with your bathing routine and your environment, so here are some tips:
1. When you take showers, keep them short about 3-5 minutes
2. Reduce the water temperature: although a nice hot shower or bath does feel great on a cold winter day, it can abruptly strip the natural oils from your skin
3. Use a moisturizing wash such as DermaSpa Rx Enzyme Cleanser to exfoliate at least once or twice a week.
4. Pat your skin dry instead of wiping it down and leave it slightly damp, then immediately apply DermaSpa Rx Hydrating B containing Hyaluronic Acid to your face, neck and décolleté, which encapsulates the water, keeping your skin hydrated. You may also apply Hydrating B to excessively dry spots on your body.
5. Use an intensive moisturizer at least twice a day, such as DermaSpa Rx Moisture Repair Cream or AntiOxidant Facial Cream for the face, neck and décolleté, and DermaSpa Rx Intense Hand Therapy or an over the counter cream like Cerave, for hands, body and feet.
6. Increase the humidity in your home or at least in where you sleep.
7. Include beneficial oils in your diet such as omega-3s, if you don’t eat fish or grass fed meats, try supplementing about 1000mg of omega 3s per day We recommend Nordic Naturals. Available for purchase in our office.
8. Keep hydrated.
9. Always remember to use daily sunscreen, and even your sunscreen may contain a light moisturizer.
10. If your skin is exceptionally itchy or dry to the point of disturbing your sleep, it is time to call your doctor to be sure that another medical issue is not the cause.