So far we’re enjoying a mild winter in the Piedmont region. But that doesn’t mean that dry skin symptoms should be ignored. Pay close attention to moisturizing your hands and don’t forget your feet – an area that’s often overlooked.
Overnight is a great time to easily get some much-needed moisture to these often-neglected areas. Depending on your sleep schedule, you have perhaps seven to eight hours to effectively treat the dry skin.
- Choose a good moisturizer. Look for fragrance-free creams or thick lotions. For really dry skin, try a petroleum-based moisturizer. Petroleum jelly is also an option.
- Pat the skin dry after a shower or bath. If you shower or bathe before bed, avoid scrubbing the skin completely dry. Doing so actually dries the skin out more. Instead, pat your skin with a towel.
- Thoroughly apply the moisturizer right before bed. Just before lights out for bedtime, coat your hands and feet with a thick layer of moisturizer, thoroughly rubbing it in.
- Grab socks and gloves. Wear socks and gloves overnight to lock in the moisture. Look for items made from cotton, as they’ll be most comfortable next to your skin. Cosmetic sections in stores may carry gloves specifically for overnight moisturizing.
- Repeat the process. Make nighttime moisturizing a regular routine, especially during the winter months. You’ll notice improvements to your skin.
In addition to developing a nighttime moisturizing routine, be sure to adopt daytime strategies for keeping dry skin to a minimum. Wear gloves: Outdoor when headed outside, and protective gloves if you frequently submerge your hands in water at home or at work. Trade long, hot baths or showers for short, warm ones. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air, and wear soft fabrics so you don’t irritate your skin.
If you’re having difficulty finding relief for your dry skin, schedule an appointment with Mooresville Dermatology Center. Prescription creams and ointments may be necessary.