6 Ways to Win With Winter Skin

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Winter Skin

Oh, the weather outside is frightful … Actually, for winter in Kansas City, it hasn’t been too bad. But, the cold air, low humidity and our love of hot showers all contribute to dry, flaky skin. Help your skin stay healthy while you hibernate. Moisturize. Apply an alcohol-free, non-scented moisturizer immediately after you step out […]

Oh, the weather outside is frightful …

Actually, for winter in Kansas City, it hasn’t been too bad. But, the cold air, low humidity and our love of hot showers all contribute to dry, flaky skin. Help your skin stay healthy while you hibernate.

Moisturize. Apply an alcohol-free, non-scented moisturizer immediately after you step out of the shower while your skin is still damp.

Hands up. Even wonder why your hands get so dry in the winter? It’s because they have fewer oil glands that the rest of your body so the skin cracks more easily. Apply moisturizer before you put on gloves, and try not to wear wet gloves.

Hold the hot shower. Taking long, super hot showers strips your skin of needed oils. Try showering with warm water and use a mild soap or body wash.

winter lipsSlather on the sunscreen. Even though it’s winter, sunscreen is still essential if you’re spending any time outside. The sun’s rays are even stronger this time of year, and skin cancer is still a danger. Remember to add an extra layer on your nose.

Protect your noggin. If you go outside, wear a hat with a brim to protect your face and scalp from harmful UV rays.

Give your lips some love. Apply a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher. Men are especially at risk for developing skin cancer on their lips.

If you think your skin needs professional attention, let our experts help. North Kansas City Hospital offers dermatology services for skin, nail and hair disorders, including skin cancer care. When you’re ready to make an appointment, contact Nicholas A. Rudloff, DO, or Brian N. Matthys, DO, at Sunflower Dermatology & Day Spa.

Mari Rydings

Mari Rydings

Mari is the content development coordinator for North Kansas City Hospital. She’s the editor of our Your Health magazine, and she writes and edits copy for our web site, brochures and other external communication pieces. Her favorite cookie is the Double Stuf Oreo.

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