Being a high desert, Las Vegas can be a very dry place throughout the year. As the temperatures begin to drop and we approach cooler weather, dry skin can become a problem for many people. Even if you follow the same skin care routine each day without issues, a simple change in the weather can cause dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles to become more noticeable.
Tips to Help Heal and Prevent Dry Skin
Your bathing routine is one of the best ways to prevent dry skin from worsening or happening. Your skin is the most vulnerable at this time when all protective oils and layers are being washed away, leaving the skin prone to exposure.
To help prevent dry skin from getting worse you should:
- Limit baths and showers to five to ten minutes
- Shower with the door closed to help maintain some moisture in the air
- Use warm water rather than hot water
- Try to use fragrance-free cleanser
- Use just enough cleanser to remove oils and dirt.
- Avoid thick lathers
Immediately after you are done bathing, you should use a moisturizer to trap existing moisture into your skin.
If you feel that your skin is still dry after you have taken the precautionary measures, it may be a sign of other medical conditions such as eczema. This can cause your skin to crack and become itchy. Some over the counter ointments and cream could help alleviate these symptoms. If the problem continues, schedule an appointment with your local urgent care for further treatment options.
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