Dry skin lacks both moisture and epidermal lipids, which leads to a modification in the skin barrier, preventing it from providing effective protection. Our skin condition gets worse during the cold winter months. How can we prevent this from happening? Here is the advice given by a dermatologist.
What symptoms do your patients with dry skin show?
Dry skin is a condition that can permanently affect certain individuals on their face,
arms and legs, particularly the hands, and sometimes the entire body. Dry skin may be genetic (ichthyosis) or linked to various pathologies (eczema, psoriasis, diabetes, dysthyroidism). Yet, all dry skin tends to get worse during the winter.
What exactly happens during the winter season?
As the hygrometry level drops, the skin reacts by releasing moisture, causing it to become increasingly dry.
The wind, cold temperatures, heavy clothing as well as UV rays in mountainous areas intensify the skin’s level of dryness. Tight, pulling sensations become more frequent in addition to intense skin discomfort. It is thus essential to apply rich moisturising products to the skin several times a day, particularly to the face and lips.
I recommend applying an intense nourishing treatment twice a day,
which contains both moisturising ingredients and lipids in order to prevent transepidermal water loss. I also highly recommend bath oil, to be used in the bath or directly on the skin after washing. I advise my patients to no longer use bubble bath or other products that may irritate the skin as well as cut down on the number of showers or baths taken per day. And, to systematically apply emollient and moisturizing products to the skin.