Cold weather and skin problems go hand in hand. During the cold months, many of us experience dry skin, chapped lips, flare ups of eczema and psoriasis, flaky skin and even sun damage post summer. Whether you are a man or a woman, it pays to know how to take care of your skin during winter. If you are a person who suffers from these problems, here are four tips that can help keep your skin healthy during the Fall and Winter months.

Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Dry skin and severely chapped lips are common during the cold months. If you are prone to this problem, you need to take extra steps to hydrate your skin. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

There are many products on the market that are sold with this purpose in mind, such as lotions and lip balms. If you are skeeved out by preservatives, artificial flavors, petroleum bases and questionable chemicals, do not fear. There are plenty of products that you can find online, in health food stores and in some regular stores that can be a great fit for you. You can also look online and figure out how to make home remedies for dry and chapped skin with healthy, plant-based oils and butters.

Also, hydrating skin isn’t just about smearing products on the outside of your body. Internal hydration is very important; you should drink plenty of water. It’s just as important to keep your skin hydrated from the inside of your body as it is from the outside. Drinking plenty of water is also a win-win because water hydrates and nourishes everything else in your body and promotes an overall healthy function of your organs, including your skin!

Another way that you can keep your skin hydrated is by shortening your showers. Prolonged showers may lead to drier skin. Some experts believe that taking showers as frequently as numerous times a day, is bad for the skin because it strips away naturally occurring oils and creates an unnatural need for lotion. Of course, this isn’t to say that you shouldn’t shower daily; good hygiene is very important.

Wear Sunblock

Don’t let the cold weather fool you, you still need to protect your skin from the sun. Even though the sun isn’t as obvious and direct as in the summertime, its’ rays are still strong. Wear sunglasses, sunblock, hats and other clothes that protect you from the sun. Being outside in the sun for 15-20 minutes is perfectly fine and a good dose of Vitamin D. However, remember to still protect yourself if you plan to be in the sun for longer periods of time. Exposure to excess sunlight causes skin discoloration and in worst cases, skin cancer. Here at DermApproach Skincare Clinic, we care about you and want you to be your vibrant and healthy self!

Watch What You Put on Your Skin

You should definitely put some thought into the fact that soaps, as well as other hygiene and beauty products that you are using may be irritating your skin. A lot of products have harsh chemicals that are tough on skin, and, quite frankly, are not good for your health. Putting the wrong soap on your hands can already agitate the issues that you are facing with cold weather and skin problems. That’s why at DermApproach, we hand-pick products that can do wonders for your skin. After all, all skin are not created equal and your skin deserves its’ own special form of hydration.

Seek Out a Professional

The cold weather can cause cracks in the skin, due to excess dryness (as well as other issues) and in such cases, we recommend seeing a professional. At DermApproach, we pinpoint what regimen you need to follow in order to attain beautiful skin. Remember to stay moisturized and hydrated this Fall and Winter!