WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)- The official start of Winter is still a few days away, but many are already suffering from dry winter skin.
As if tolerating the cold isn't tough enough, the chapped lips, the scaly skin, and the unbearable itch are all additional obstacles to tackle.
To learn more about preventing some of the typical skin conditions that affect many people in the colder months, WECT went to the professionals at Atlantic Dermatology.
Dr. Jonathan Crane says he sees many patients this time of year who complain about the itchiness on their legs, arms, and hands.
"The cold winter air doesn't hold as much humidity as the summer air does because the hotter the air is, the more moisture it is able to carry," said Crane. "So the cold winter air is as dry as can be and this really dries out our skin."
Luckily, it doesn't take surgery or any other extreme measures to keep your skin healthy. All you need to do is make a few tweaks to your normal routine.
One of the best things you can do is switch out your lotion for a cream. Creams are thicker and contain more moisturizing ingredients, so it's a better choice for the drier air. Another tip? Take shorter showers and avoid the scalding hot water.
As for protecting your face, there is only one product on the market that is clinically proven to prevent cancer, minimize wrinkles, and dark spots, and that is sunscreen- which Dr. Crane advises to wear every day.
"You are getting sun all year round, not as much in winter, but you are still getting exposed," said Crane.
Look for sunscreen in face moisturizers and in makeup as well.
And the best time to apply cream is right after you get out of the shower while skin is still damp.