It is very cold here in Chicago. When the weather gets cold, our skin becomes dry and itchy. Here are four tips to protect your skin in the cold weather.
Use lukewarm or tepid water when bathing
Make sure that your showers or baths are “body temperature” and not hot. Don’t go into hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools or Jacuzzi’s.
Don’t scrub your skin with soap
Only use soap on your face and body folds. Do not use soap on your trunk, arms, legs. You don’t need soap all over, and soap removes natural oils from your skin causing it to dry out. Also, don’t use bubble baths. Finally, never scrub your skin with a washcloth, sponge, loofah or brush.
Apply moisturizers to your skin
Apply a moisturizer all over your entire skin at least once a day and twice a day when the outside weather is especially cold. Have someone help you apply it to your back and other areas where you cannot reach. It is best to apply a moisturizer while your skin is still damp after bathing.
Humidify your environment
Make sure that the humidifiers in your home are working. Turn them on when you turn on the heater. Even if you have a central humidifier, you may need to place cold air humidifies in your bedroom and the other rooms you spend your time, including your office. Remember to clean it frequently to avoid the spread of mold
Harry Goldin, M.D.