Oh boy, it’s cold outside and I’m seeing a lot of chapped skin in my dermatology practice. Even our relatively temperate winter here in Northern California is hard on your skin - if you live somewhere that has a “real” winter (like in this photo), then your skin is even more vulnerable to winter chapping. Preventing chapped skin and treating chapped skin is actually easy. There are 3 simple tricks. Do them every day and you’ll make it through the winter without skin that’s itchy, painful, cracked, dry, scaly, sensitive … and chapped. What are the 3 essential tricks to preventing and treating chapped winter skin?
- Moisturize every day
- Use only gentle soaps on your skin
- Protect your skin from harsh, cold weather