Winterize Yourself!

  • Adjust Bathing Habits: To prevent baths and showers from making dry skin worse, be sure to limit your time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes, use a lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda to relieve itchy skin, and blot your skin gently dry with a towel.
  • Limit Face Washing: Wash your face once in the morning and once at night, as well as after sweating heavily. Try a mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are “deeply hydrating.”
  • Moisturize More: Ointments, creams and lotions work by trapping existing moisture in your skin. To trap this much-needed moisture, you need to apply a moisturizer within a few minutes of drying off after a shower or bath and washing your face or hands.
  • Don’t Forget Sunscreen: Sunscreen isn’t just for summertime. Winter sun—combined with snow glare—can still damage your skin. Try using a moisturizer that contains SPF.
  • Wear Lip Balm: Choose a lip balm that feels good on your lips and has an SPF of at least 15. If your lips sting or tingle after you apply the lip balm, switch to one that does not cause this reaction.