The whipping winds, cold air, and low humidity of winter air can do major damage to your skin. Stripping away the skin’s natural oil barrier, winter air causes it to become itchy, irritated, cracked, and dry. With winter now in full swing, it’s important to take preventative action to avoid major skin damage and flare ups of conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

 

These easy tips can keep your skin healthy all winter long:

• Cover Up. The easiest way to protect skin from the harsh effects of winter air is to keep it covered. Wear breathable warm fabrics like cotton in layers to give your skin an extra barrier of protection. Don’t forget to properly cover your face and protect lips with lip balm.

• Moisturize Daily. Dry winter air continuously evaporates moisture from the skin so it’s important to replace it with a rich moisturizer. Apply ones that contain healing vitamins, oils, or humectants (substances that attract water) to slightly damp skin after a shower for long-lasting moisture.

• Ask a Professional. With a variety of skin issues caused by dry, sensitive skin and even more products claiming to solve them, it may be hard to figure out what’s best for you. Seek the advice of an esthetician, dermatologist, or physician who can analyze your skin type, suggest products, and prescribe medication to treat your condition if needed.

 

AFC Urgent Care South Plainfield is a walk-in urgent care center for your skin care needs all year long. We’re open seven days a week at extended hours for your convenience. Call us at 908-222-3500 for more information.