Winter Skin Survival Guide: Tips to battle dry skin in cold weather

Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe has all the best tips to help your skin survive the winter.
2:49 | 11/20/19

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skin survival guide. As the temperatures dip and air gets drier, so could your skin so we brought in our expert here, dermatologist Bowe to help us survive the season. I was just telling you I need this. My skin is so dry so you say it starts in the shower. What do we have to do? We all crave those long hot showers on a cold winter day, right, but those long hot showers are really drying out our skin so the shorter the better and you want to try to keep the temperature lukewarm. If you look down and your skin is turning red and blotchy that's a sign you're in the danger zone. So you got to turn -- our skin doesn't like extremes when it comes to temperature. Soou say soap matters also. Yes, and so if your soap or your bodywash creates like a rich foaming bubbly lather that could be a sign that it's actually drying out your skin. These contain surfactants but they weren't good at making bubbles so one class of them I tell my patients try tovoid are called sulfates. You can see that on the label sometis. You can see the word sulfate-free. Or a good rule of thumb when you're in the shower you want that creamy experience, not necessarily that bubbly experience and feel like your skin is nourished and hydrated, not like squeaky clean and tight and dry That's the technique you're talking about you should use. Yes. Go for the creamier side of Right. After the shower, you've got -- what's the first thing we do -- While in the shower one last thing, soap up your underairports and bikini area. A big mistake they make. They try to soap up their arm, leg, using soap head to tight end tow. That is not a good idea. It dries out your skin and leaves you itchy. Dry skin is itchy. So all you need is those specific areas day to day and you don't need instruments, right? Like use your fingertip, guys. You don't need anything harsh on your skin. After the shower so you've got this short window of time to apply your moisturizer. If you want to trap in that moisture and lock in that moisture, so look for ingredients like cocoa butter, Shea butter, dmris rein, sunflower seed oil and ideally look for even just like a travel size one, something you can throw in your bag, carry with you because we're washing our hands all day long and our hands are really prone to getting I just went and did that. Bought a small one for my purse. Throw it in. I think this is a mistake a lot of people make in the winter. We think it's colder outside and may not see the sun so much, I don't need sunscreen. Just because you don't need the sun doesn't mean it's not damaging your skin. Daily sungscreen is an absolute must. All really good tips. Thank you so much. We all know ha to do when we get in and out of the shower. We appreciate it.

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