When it comes to winter weather we try to bundle up in heavy coats, beanies and scarves to stay warm, but did you know that when you brave the cold, you’re actually putting your skin at risk? Winter weather can actually cause dry, itchy sensitive skin which is never fun! Renowned dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie, MD joined me for an interview this morning to dish on how we can relieve our dry, itchy sensitive skin symptoms. She also dished on a great moisturizer that I absolutely love from Aveeno, and how parents and caregivers can keep babies moisturized too.
Candace Rose: One of the classic affects of winter is dry, itchy sensitive skin. What can we do to relieve such symptoms?
Dr. Jeanine Downie, MD: “Well, the bottomline is Candace, you don’t want to scratch at your skin because when it’s itchy and you scratch, you’re breaking your skin’s barrier and that just gets you into a vicious itch-scratch cycle which is not helpful at all, so you don’t want to do that.
You want to think about things like using a humidifier that you plug in every single night. That will add moisture to your skin, your hair and your nails – so that’s a fantastic way of dealing with this issue.
You really want to think about what products you’re using. Aveeno Skin Relief actually has a gentle scent collection. This is dermatologist and allergy-tested. The formulas are infused with a gentle scent and they’re clinically shown to be as gentle as fragrance-free alternatives. They have a nourishing coconut or soothing oat and a chamomile scented body wash and lotion that are pretty fantastic.”
Candace Rose: Is there anything we can do to protect our face this winter?
Dr. Jeanine Downie, MD: “Absolutely. For faces you want to use the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection. This is formulated with active naturals like total soy complex and natural light diffusers. It’s clinically proven to even out our skin tone and it decreases brown spots in as little as four weeks. While it’s brightening your skin, it’s actually adding to the skin’s radiance. The broad spectrum protection with the SPF 30 is actually UVA and it’s UVB. It’s helping prevent premature aging from the sun and it also helps to decrease incidence of skin cancers on the individual person that is using it, so that’s good as well.”
Candace Rose: What about for babies or young children?
Dr. Jeanine Downie, MD: “For babies, Aveeno has Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream that’s great. This is a terrific way to provide relief and it’s a natural barrier for the baby’s skin. You want to use creams that are very rich in emollients that help to soothe the baby’s skin and restore lost moisture. This is formulated with active naturals like colloidal oatmeal. It’s gentle, it’s fragrance-free so it ensures relief for even the most dry itchy sensitive of baby’s skin.”
Candace Rose: Well, thank you so much, Dr. Downie. Where can we go for more information?
Dr. Jeanine Downie, MD: “For more information please go to Aveeno.com.”