Do you suffer from dry, flaky or itchy skin in winter and are looking for simple ways to combat it? If so you’re in luck. NYC dermatologist Dr. Sapna Westley joined me this week to give you the 411 on how you can combat dry winter skin once and for all with her winter weather skin survival guide!
Candace Rose: What can we do to protect our skin from harsh winter temps and where do we start?
Dr. Sapna Westley: “In the winter with the cold drier outdoors and the dry heat indoors our skin can really get affected.
So first, look at your showers. It’s important to keep them under five minutes, and use warm water rather than hot water. Hot showers do feel great but they can be very drying on the skin.
It’s also important to look at the wash you’re using. In general stick with creamy hydrating body washes. Avoid cleansers that contain fragrance because they can be very irritating on skin that’s already a little dried out or sensitive. And it’s a good rule of thumb to avoid products that are too fragranced as well. The most important step is actually when you step out of the shower. So it’s really vital everyday within the first two minutes of stepping out of the shower to moisturize every single day, and you want to look for a cream based moisturizer that contains ceramides. If you ask any dermatologist they’ll tell you this time of a year to look for a cream that’s thick, rich and locks in moisture. I recommend to my patients the Curel Intensive Healing Cream. It’s formulated with ceramides which actually strengthen the skin barrier from the inside and it’s also based in a water and oil technology that really gives a long lasting hydration on the outside as well.”
Candace Rose: Is there anything else that we can be doing around the house?
Dr. Sapna Westley: “Sure. Absolutely. So it’s a good idea to look at the fabrics you’re wearing and the detergents you’re using. With fabrics stick with soft breathable cotton fabrics, things that won’t irritate your skin. And with detergents, again, avoid detergents that contain fragrance because they can trigger skin reaction. I recommend to my patients All Free and Clear because it’s free of dyes and perfumes which can be potential irritants. It’s the number one brand recommended by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians for sensitive skin.
And lastly you can invest in a humidifier. Keeping a humidifier in your bedroom can really help combat the dry heat indoors. You can also get several small humidifiers and scatter them around your house. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water as well.”