As summer comes to an end, you may find yourself mentally preparing for fall and the cooler temperatures that the season brings. Although fall has a lot to offer with beautiful falling leaves, pumpkins, and the fun holidays, it can take a toll on your skin. For many American’s fall is when dry skin begins to rear its ugly head due to the cooler temperatures.
If you are dreading dry skin this fall and winter, we are here to help. Below are a few tips for combating dry skin and finding relief once and for all.
Tip 1: Shower With Care. If you are interested in avoiding dry skin this fall and winter, try limiting showers to 5 minutes or less and avoid using hot water, which is known to dry out skin. While washing, avoid harsh soaps and opts for fragrance free and mild soaps that are gentler on the skin. Avoid scrubbing your skin with coarse sponges or cloths and instead use your hand or soft cloth when washing. At the end of your shower, pat your skin dry and leave your body a bit damp, then apply a moisturizer.
Tip 2: Don’t Skip the Moisturizer. When your skin is dry, moisturizer is key in finding relief. Applying moisturizer after showering or bathing is important. A good moisturizer helps to recondition the skin. Additionally, running a humidifier in your home can make all of the difference. A humidifier adds moisture to the air and will aid in proving dry skin relief.
Tip 3: Protect Your Skin. Cool air can make dry skin worse, so when venturing outdoors this fall and winter, try to cover exposed skin to the best of your ability. Wear a hat, scarf, and gloves when possible.
When Dry Skin Requires Medical Attention
At times, dry skin may require a trip to the dermatologist for evaluation. If you have tired all the tips and tricks above and your skin has not improved, we recommend you schedule an appointment with the skin experts at Mt. Pleasant Dermatology. Additionally, we recommend you contact a dermatologist if you are experiencing any of the 5 symptoms below:
- Open sores from scratching
- Large areas of scaling or peeling skin
- Dryness and itching that interferes with sleep
- The skin appears red
- No improvement in dry skin after treatment
Don’t suffer through the fall and winter months without dry skin relief. We invite you to explore the services provided by Mt. Pleasant Dermatology and our team of skin experts. When ready, contact us to schedule an appointment to relieve your dry skin once and for all.