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Winter may mean changing your skin care routine

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Winter skin care tips from dermatologist Rita Pichardo-Geisinger, MD

When the weather changes, so should your skin care routine, including hair, lips, toes and feet. Temperature changes in the winter can cause skin reactions that mean it may be time to change your daily skin and hair care routine to accommodate for colder temperatures outdoors and warmer indoor temps.

But it’s not just skin changes in the winter that can bring frustration. Rita Pichardo-Geisinger, M.D., of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center dermatology department, says it’s also important to take care to prevent dry, brittle, frizzy hair.

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Pichardo-Geisinger has some tips that keep your skin and hair beautiful in the winter.

  • Fragrance-free soaps are your best bet to eliminate flaky dry skin. It may be tempting to choose your favorite fragrance, but according to Pichardo-Geisinger, “Perfumes and additives can dry the skin which can lead to flaking and itching or exacerbate conditions like eczema.”
  • It’s also best to choose fragrance free laundry soaps to eliminate chances of skin irritation and allergy.
  • Choose an after shower moisturizer with ceramides that can protect the skin’s barrier. Apply moisturizer while the skin is still damp to seal in water and keep skin hydrated.
  • Check your work space and home temperatures. When it gets too warm inside your skin will dry out. It’s best to keep indoor temperatures on the cool side to keep skin moist and problem free.
  • Apply sunscreen to your face and lips every day, even in the winter. Use sunscreens and lip balms that are moisturizing.
  • Hydrating shampoo and anti-frizz hair conditioners can help keep your hair from drying out and splitting in the winter.
  • To prevent heels and feet from becoming dry and cracked, look for lotions with lactic acid.

Outdoor activities in the winter and warmer, dryer indoor temps can take a toll on skin. Taking extra care in the winter can keep your hair and skin from becoming dry and irritated. Focus on fragrance-free products, moisturizers and sunscreens to prevent winter skin problems.

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