We’re nearly a third of the way through winter and many people are experiencing dry, itchy skin. That’s why the physicians at Affiliated Dermatology are sharing effective ways to help your skin feel and look better.
· Limit hot showers right now. A long, hot shower may sound like the perfect recipe on a cold morning, but too much hot water can strip away skin’s natural oils. Try lukewarm water instead and limit showers to ten minutes or less. Immediately after bathing, pat skin dry and apply moisturizer to lock in water.
· Avoid chapped lips by applying beeswax or petroleum jelly regularly to prevent and treat a flaky kisser. As a preventative method to reduce chapped lips, refrain from licking your lips.
· It’s not just cold weather that can dry our hands, it’s also the frequent use of hand sanitizer and hand washing to avoid cold and flu germs. Use a glycerin-based moisturizer after each hand washing and when your hands feel tight and uncomfortable.
· Dry skin often results in cracked heels, too. Try coating them with petroleum jelly then covering them in plastic wrap and wearing socks overnight.
· The skin on your face skin may need a heavier, daily moisturizer, during winter months. Some people may want to skip anti-aging moisturizers that contain retinoids because they could aggravate already dry skin. To get the most out of your moisturizer be sure to exfoliate first and remove dry, dead skin cells. If your skin is sensitive consider consulting a dermatologist for the best way to do this.
· Sunscreen is a must year-round – especially in sunny Arizona. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day.
· Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Lack of water leads to dry, tight skin which is more prone to wrinkles.
Created in Arizona, Affiliated Dermatology is led by Arizona physicians dedicated to Arizona patients. Founded in July 2002 by Dr. Richard L. Averitte, Jr., Affiliated Dermatology has grown to seven locations providing skin cancer prevention and treatment, medical and aesthetic dermatology services, and allergy testing. In 2011, Affiliated Dermatology created a residency program to train the next generation of healthcare professionals to help meet Arizona’s increased demand. In addition, Affiliated Dermatology has its own, in-house CLIA certified and CAP accredited laboratory. Dr. Averitte also established the Arizona Skin Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial aid to people with skin cancer who cannot afford treatment. www.affderm.com