Help for Dry Skin in the Winter
Skin care advice from the experts at UW Health Transformations Jeune Skin Care:
Dry skin is a very common problem that affects most of us at some point in our lives. For many, the winter's air will always bring dry skin.
What Causes Dry Skin?
Healthy skin can be pictured as a multi-layer cake covered by a single sheet of clear plastic food wrap. The plastic food wrap keeps the cake fresh, preventing the frosting from cracking and stops the underlying layers from losing moisture.
The skin is very similar. The stratum corneum is the outermost protective layer of skin that consists of oils and dead skin cells. Without it, moisture will be lost and germs are able to enter the body.
Dry skin usually is caused by certain factors. Your skin is protected by a layer made up of water and lipids. When certain lipids are lacking, this natural barrier is weakened and water is allowed to escape, resulting in increased sensitivity to outside irritants.
Too much soapy water, exposure to harsh chemicals and medications can all be triggers.
What Should You Do to Help Prevent Dry Skin?
- Take brief showers and baths and avoid hot water
- Use a mild cleanser
- Avoid rubbing the skin dry after a shower or a bath. Instead, pat gently with a towel.
- Immediately after bathing, apply a lipid-replenishing balm or lotion
- Maintain a balanced diet, exercise and drink plenty of water
- A humidifier can be used to maintain an adequate indoor moisture level
- Use a mild laundry detergent and limit the use of bleach on clothing and bedding
Request a Complimentary Skin Care Consultation
Call Jeune Skin Care at (608) 836-9990 or (866) 447-9990 (toll-free) to request a complimentary skin care consultation and learn more about our products for dry skin. You may also request a consultation online: