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5 Tips to Avoid Dry Skin this Winter

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We all know that colder weather can cause our skin to become dry and irritated if we don’t care for it properly. As we enter colder months, your skin care routine should change to accommodate to the weather. This winter you will want to follow the tips listed below.

First and foremost, you want to make sure you aren’t showering or bathing with hot water. You may be tempted to take a hot bath but this can actually cause your skin to dry out. Hot water can rid your skin of its natural oils, fats, and proteins that keep your skin protected and hydrated. Additionally, hot water can inflame your skin and cause redness. To prevent this from happening, use lukewarm water instead and try to reduce your bath and shower time.

Second, you want to moisturize daily. A good time to apply moisturizer is right after you take a shower. If you leave your skin slightly damp and apply moisturizer, your skin will absorb the product much easier. Use a thicker, creamier, moisturizer on your entire body to keep your skin hydrated and replenished. Don’t be afraid to lather your body completely!

Third, you want to ensure that you do not leave wet clothes on. Keeping wet clothes on for an extended period of time can irritate your skin. Wet clothes can also cause flare ups, especially for those that have eczema and sensitive skin. Wet clothes can also cause your skin to crack which can be very painful. Stay as dry as possible during the cold winter months and pack extra clothes if you know it might rain or snow.

Fourth, you should invest in a humidifier if you don’t already have one. During the winter months, the air tends to be much drier. Using a humidifier will increase the moisture levels in the air, bringing relief to your skin as well as your nose and sinuses. You can leave it running while you sleep, so that you breathe in air that is full of moisture!

Lastly, you should continue to exfoliate. Exfoliating regularly will keep your skin looking bright and healthy by removing any bacteria and dead skin cells that are trapped in your pores. You don’t want to over exfoliate since your skin will be more fragile in the winter. Exfoliating twice a week is more than enough so that you aren’t drying your skin out.


Advanced Dermatology Care of Southern California is a comprehensive dermatology group providing general & surgical dermatology, cosmetic enhancements and plastic surgery with two Southern California locations. Under the direction of Michael P. Tabibian, M.D., Medical Director, our collective experience aims to provide our patients innovative and highly individualized skin treatment solutions for patients of all ages and skin types.