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How Can I Fight Dry Skin?

The winter months can be quite rough on your skin. Many of us are constantly lotioning up and applying lip balm until around April, but why?

Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial sheds some light on what causes skin dryness and how you can effectively battle against it.

Why Does My Skin Get Dry During the Winter?

Environments that are low in humidity are some of the biggest causes of dry skin. Scientifically, air dries up and siphons moisture wherever it is, with the biggest deposit being the human body.

When the air outside is cold and dry during the winter months, the water in your skin evaporates more quickly, which makes your skin feel dry, tight and flaky. We've listed some easy, natural ways you can battle that dry skin below.

Easy Ways to Protect Your Skin

  • Stay adequately hydrated throughout the day.
  • Incorporate more healthy fats into your diet.
  • Don't over-wash your skin.
  • Get an adequate amount of exercise every week.
  • Don't smoke.

Is Cold Air the Only Thing that Causes Dry Skin?

Definitely not. In addition to cold weather, a person's washing and bathing habits have a big impact on their skin health.

Honestly, this might be just as much of a cause of dry skin as cold weather this year due to the amount that many of us are washing our hands. While frequent handwashing is definitely a good habit to develop during the pandemic, washing your hands with soap and warm water multiple times every few hours strips the skin of its natural oils and can cause it to dry out.

A Few More Ways to Keep Skin Moisturized

  • Shower every other day instead of every day.
  • Use a moisturizing soap when you bathe or shower.
  • Pat, rather than rub, wet skin dry with a soft towel.
  • Avoid itching or scrubbing dry skin patches.
  • Use a humidifier in your home.

Having healthy skin shouldn't be a luxury, it should be a necessity! If you are having skin problems or other general health issues, don't hesitate to stop by AFC Urgent Care Centennial today.