Winter can be fun, but the cold weather is not always fun for the skin. Low temperatures and humidity can rob the skin of its moisture, leading to dryness and dullness. Many think that summer months are the time to take extra care of your skin, but it’s also important not to neglect it in the winter!

Here are a few tips to keep your skin healthy when the temperatures drop:

  • Use lukewarm water
    Hot showers feel so good especially when it’s cold outside, but it can also strip away the natural oils from your skin. As much as you can, try to use lukewarm water especially when you’re just washing your face or hands.
  • Moisturize
    The cold air can cause skin dryness. So, don’t forget to moisturize especially after washing your face. Applying moisturizer on damp skin helps in sealing the moisture. When choosing a moisturizer, opt for one that has natural, nourishing ingredients.
  • Use a humidifier
    The heating systems can dry out your skin. A humidifier helps bring back the moisture in the air, keeping your skin from drying out.
  • Hydrate
    It’s too easy to neglect this especially during winter as we usually turn to warm, comforting drinks like coffee, hot cocoa and tea, but remember that the skin needs hydration from the inside out.
  • Protect your skin
    Gloves and scarves can protect your skin from cold winds that cause it to dry. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen too! Winter sun can be as damaging as summer sun, so don’t skip out on the UV protection if you plan to be outside in the sun.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it needs to be taken care of year-round! Caring for your skin properly in the cold months is important to keeping it healthy. You should also be doing regular skin checks no matter the season.

Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville have a team of surgical oncologists who specialize in the treatment of skin cancer. If you notice something unusual, such as discoloration or appearance of ‘new’ moles, you should contact your doctor immediately.