If you suffer from dry skin, eczema or dermatitis you know how rough winter can be on the skin of your body, as well as your face. Thankfully with a little bit of awareness, a few good products and a few simple guidelines, you can ease that itch.
“What you want to do is treat any inflammation and bring the skin’s barrier function into balance,” said dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research, Department of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.
“Moisturizers help skin to work as well as it possibly can,” he added. One good option is Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Moisturizer ($14.99), which treats the itch with something called filaggrin technology – amino acids that help restore hydration. It also contains Pseudo Ceramide 5, which replenishes lipids necessary for a healthy skin barrier.
Anyone can experience dry skin in the winter and Dr. Zeichner offered the following tips:
- Keep it Cool: Take lukewarm showers – avoid super hot heat, which can break down the lipid barrier in the skin.
- Skip the Soap: Try a moisturizing body wash instead, such as Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash ($14.99)
- Take it Easy: Using a loofah isn’t always the answer for flaky skin – it can actually aggravate already irritated skin.
- Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize: Apply moisturizer within 5 minutes of taking a shower and reapply every few hours if necessary.
- Thicken It Up: Choose a product a step heavier than you normally use, whether it be a lotion, a cream or an ointment.