Winter Skin Survival Tips


As the temperatures and humidity levels take a dive, dry air and cold weather can disrupt the skin’s barrier which could lead to dry, itchy skin. Being prepared with a cold-weather skincare routine will help your skin look, and feel, its best throughout the cooler months.

Here are a few tips that will keep your skin moisturized and feeling better than ever:

Stay hydrated:

  • It is important to remember to keep your skin hydrated from the inside as well as outside.
  • Drinking plenty of water (at least 8 glasses a day) is a great start to prepping your skin for the winter.

Body/facial moisturizers:

  • Moisturizing your skin on a daily basis is recommended, however increasing to moisturizing twice daily may be necessary during the cooler weather.
  • Moisturizing while your skin is still damp after bathing is an effective way to keep your skin hydrated. This is because moisturizer traps existing moisture in the skin.
  • Choose a cream or ointment to apply to the body, for instance, CeraVe cream or ointment. A lighter cream or thicker lotion is recommended for moisturizing the face, like CeraVe facial lotion AM and PM. CeraVe also has a face cream that is oil-free if a thicker moisturizer is needed.

Facial cleanser

  • You want to make sure your cleanser puts moisture into the skin, rather than taking it out. Avoid any products that contain alcohol. Also, be careful with harsh scrubs and masks. Choose a gentle cleanser that is fragrant-free and moisturizing.
  • A couple of recommendations include Neutrogena Ultra Gentle cleanser, Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, and CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser.

Body wash

  • Choosing the right body wash is just as important as choosing the correct face wash.
  • A fragrant-free moisturizing cleanser is recommended. Dove unscented body wash/soap is a great choice.

Sunscreen – at least SPF 30

  • Yes, you should be wearing sunscreen year-round on areas not covered by clothing, like the face, neck, ears, and hands.
  • Use moisturizing sunscreen products such as creams or lotions instead of gels or sprays. Or use a moisturizer and then apply sunscreen on top.  You should also protect your eyes with sunglasses with UV protection.

Resource: American Academy of Dermatology

Gina Bird MPAS, PA-C
Christie Clinic Department of Dermatology