Don't Get Chapped

| April 07, 2005

So, after you check your electrical systems as you head out in freezing temperatures, remember to make sure you have plenty of good moisturizers along for the ride.

Winter Skin Care Tips

  • Continue to protect your skin from sun damage. Throughout the winter wear a moisturizer with SPF 15 on your face.
  • Don’t forget your lips. Wear lip moisturizer with sunscreen.
  • Don’t take long hot showers. They may sound appealing after coming home from a long and cold week on the road, but they will strip your skin of its natural moisturizers. Instead take short, warm showers, pat your skin almost dry and apply a good moisturizer while your skin is still damp.
  • Use a humidifier. By humidifying the air inside you can keep your nasal passages from drying out.
  • If you do experience dryness or minor bleeding in your nose, you can use Vaseline to soothe and moisturize the area.

Source: Duke Health website

What is Raynaud’s Phenomenon?

Another skin problem, although uncommon, is Raynaud’s Phenomenon. Dr. Adrienne Rencic of Baltimore, Md., says this can occur in people with otherwise normal health, but in some cases may be a sign of underlying systemic disease. Those suffering from Raynaud’s Phenomenon will notice their fingers turn white, then blue, then red when exposed to the cold. Arteries in the fingers are very sensitive to cold and therefore constrict rapidly. Preventing the condition can be as simple as wearing warm or heated gloves. However, if this is not enough, a doctor can prescribe medicine to treat this. If you have this condition you should be see a doctor to make sure you do not have any more serious underlying disease.

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