Winter is a beautiful season that everybody loves, especially when everything is white like in the fairy tales. But all this beauty comes with a downside because the cold weather can turn your complexion, hands and feet very dry and make it look highly unaesthetic. In some cases it can lead to eczema, an itchy rash that appears on arms and legs, or dermatitis. These are likely to appear in seniors because as time passes our skin tends to get thinner, therefore more fragile and can be affected on a higher level. It is known that during the winter our skin must be protected from dehydration so serious measures must be taken.

If you want to take matter into your own hands then you should know that oil-based moisturizers work better than water-based because the oil helps the skin retain more moisture. Be sure to look for those rich in almond, avocado, primrose or mineral oil, like night creams that are known to contain those kinds. It’s better to use a moisturizer that is more like an ointment when facing cold weather and not light creams or weak lotions.

Many people think, and I WAS one of them that sunscreen must be used only in the summer because the rays of sun are more powerful. It is actually a subject on which people should do more research so they can find out that the sun reflected in the snow can be quite harmful. So be sure to apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside in the cold and again if you happen to spend more time outside.

The cold is not very kind to the skin on your hands either. When you have to go outside prepare your gloves and don’t take them off because even if you don’t realize, a few minutes every day can make your hands itchy and the skin can crack easily. In order to avoid that from happening wear your gloves and make sure that they are not wet. That goes for the socks too.

Bonnie LaPlante, an esthetician from the Canyon Ranch Resort in Lenox, Mass said “As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out.” That leads to the next tip on winter skin protection, the necessity of a humidifier. Unlike other types of heating systems, humidifiers help the moisture diffuse more evenly.

Everybody knows that drinking water is very important for our health. But the idea that drinking water is good for our skin is actually a misconception. All in all it is indeed indicated to drink as much water as possible, but keep this in mind too.

Our feet need more attention during the winter cold and the best, strongest lotions are those rich in glycerin and petroleum jelly. Exfoliants are very helpful as well as they get rid of the dead skin and help the moisturizer penetrate more easily.

The last advice for winter skin protection is to have short, warm showers, rather than long, hot baths. Make sure to take those more often and if you are to have a warm bath once in a while, use baking soda or oatmeal and don’t forget about the moisturizers.

If you have followed these tips and your skin continues to dry out, then you definitely have to consult a specialist. A dermatologist will give you advice and accurate information on winter skin protection.