Unfortunately, the cold months are approaching. August and September heat will give way to the cool days of October, and then the cold, dry weather of late fall/early winter. And here in Montana where the humidity is considerably lower, on average, than in other parts of the country, skin care, especially dry-skin care, can be difficult. But there are ways to keep skin looking healthy in any season. Follow these skin care tips in the cool and cold months to practically eliminate the dreadful symptoms of dry skin.
Dry skin can be as annoying as it is painful. And overly dry skin can seem extremely difficult to cure. The first tip is to avoid hot, hot water. When you wash your hands, use warm water but refrain from turning the faucet to its hottest setting. This rule also applies to showers; a hot shower, while comfortable, can instantly dehydrate the skin.
It seems counterintuitive, but it’s true: hot water removes the oils from the skin faster than water that’s warm or cool. And when you dry your hands after washing, or when you towel off after a shower, make sure to pat yourself dry. It may sound silly, but when you wipe the towel over your skin, it will remove the oils, drying out the skin.
And when you wash your hands or your body, it’s best to use a moisturizer afterward to seal in the moisture still present in your skin. No, moisturizers do not add moisture to the skin, but provide a protective barrier to keep the moisture locked into the skin. Get in the habit of applying a moisturizer immediately after a hand washing.
Place bottles of moisturizer in the bathroom another near the kitchen sink, where you are likely to wash your hands frequently, especially while you cook. If you have any other questions about dry skin, or how Central Wellness can help, well-stocked with quality skin care products, a visit to the spa, or one of the numerous skin care treatments, then call today.