Winter is coming to an end in Flower Mound, Texas, and soon you'll be out enjoying a round of golf at Bridlewood Golf Club or visiting the CAC outdoor water park. As the weather changes, you might still be experiencing the lingering effects of winter on your skin. If you have dry, irritated skin from the cooler weather, we have a few remedies to help you look and feel your best in the warmer weather.
Moisturizing properly and often is crucial to resolving dry skin. "Everybody should moisturize their skin regularly, especially in the winter months, with thick emollients like creams and ointments," says Dr. Sanober Amin of Center for Dermatology Flower Mound. "Exfoliating moisturizers can help shed excessively dry winter skin. Talk to your dermatologist if you want to shed your crepe paper skin.” There are many different face and body moisturizers on the market today, and selecting the best one can be overwhelming. Here are a few guidelines to get started:
Oily Skin: If your skin is naturally oily, you still need to apply a good daily moisturizer. To avoid breakouts and clogged pores, select a water-based, noncomedogenic moisturizer. Avoid thicker lotions or intense creams, as they can irritate the skin and contribute to acne.
Dry Skin: Extremely dry skin needs a heavier, oil-based moisturizer to rehydrate the skin. Petroleum-based products are great for extremely dry skin, as they keep water from evaporating from the skin. Products containing lanolin or mineral oil will also soothe very dry skin. Heavier moisturizers may not be feasible for daytime wear but are effective for overnight use.
Sensitive Skin: The dry winter months can make sensitive skin even more irritated. Look for a moisturizer that's hypoallergenic and free of fragrances, parabens and oils. You can also opt for a moisturizer with soothing ingredients like aloe or chamomile.
Aging Skin: Mature skin is naturally drier, made worse by dry winter air. Oil-based moisturizers with a petroleum base are the best choice for aging skin. Some moisturizers also have added antioxidants to improve the overall texture of the skin. Look for body lotions with ingredients like rosehip, avocado and hazelnut oil for added relief.
Many products will come as a lotion, but you can also find gels, creams or ointments. No matter your skin type, most dermatologists recommend a moisturizer with at least SPF 30. Before you enjoy a walk in Twin Coves Park or Hound Mound Dog Park, be sure to apply your sunscreen.
Long, hot showers feel great but may be contributing to your dry skin. "Keeping baths and showers short and warm, instead of long and hot, can also prevent the excessive drying of skin," says Dr. Sanober. Hot showers strip the natural oil barriers that help keep your skin moisturized. Always apply a moisturizer after showering to avoid dry, itchy skin.
Certain products, like harsh facial cleansers or exfoliators, can dry out and irritate the skin. Instead, look for products that are fragrance and soap free. Toners and masks that contain alcohol should also be avoided to avoid further dryness.
Your dry skin could also be a result of irritating household products, such as laundry detergent or hand soap. Again, look for products that are fragrance-free and gentle on the skin.
If these remedies don't help your dry skin, it's time to visit your dermatologist. You may be suffering from a contact allergy or a more serious skin condition. Consult with a dermatologist right away so you can get back to enjoying the warm weather in Flower Mound, Texas.