7 Tips to put an end to dry skin and winter itch in the desert

CactusTucson in the winter is fabulous!

It’s clear, sunny and brisk outside. Don the hat, coat, scarf and gloves and a morning walk is in the cards. By afternoon, you often don’t need the jacket to venture outside, so mild is the temperature. Still, the low humidity, heating inside and cooler temperatures outside play havoc on our skin.

Jennifer Allison MPA-C of  Pima Dermatology shared these tips to protecting your skin and preventing winter itch here in the desert:

  • Take tepid to luke warm showers and baths.

Hot water will strip natural protective oils out of skin and stimulate histamine release in your skin.  This will make you dry and itchy.

  • Use gentle soaps and creams

Jennifer suggests CeraVe, Vanicream, Cetaphil, Aveeno, Dove, and Purpose creams.

  • Apply Moisturizer immediately after shower

As soon as you dry off with a towel and your skin is still damp, apply moisturizer to your body and face.  This will allow the moisture on top of your skin to be absorbed into your skin.  If you wait too long to apply cream, the moisture will evaporate out and off of your skin and then you will be even drier.

  • Use a humidifier in your bedroom at night.
  • Socks & gloves at night

If you have specific problems with dry cracked feet and hands, apply moisturizing cream (such as CeraVe or Vanicream) and then put on white cotton socks and gloves day and/or night.Remember also to:

  •  Keep up your fluid intake.

It might not be hot outside right now, but it certainly is dry.

  • Sunscreen even in Winter

And that sun? It’s still strong, so keep up your sunscreen regime.

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