In its most fundamental form, dry skin is the result of low relative humidity—balancing air and water is just as important to you as it is for a meteorologist.
Think of the top layer of your winter skin as a screen door with very fine mesh. Since cold outside air and heated indoor air contain very little moisture, your skin is constantly exposed to environments that suck the moisture through the screen door mesh at an accelerated rate. As a result of this low relative humidity, some people’s skin may begin to peel and potentially crack.
There are many factors that come into play. Some you can control (using a strong moisturizer, limiting hot showers or baths, avoiding harsh soaps) and some you cannot (genetics, certain diseases, aging). But no matter what, there are steps you can take to help keep your skin well hydrated for a healthy, soft and silky appearance.
Over the winter
Avoid exposing skin to wind and cold air
Wear gloves, a scarf, and warm footwear
Apply a moisturizer, such as AmLactin® Skin Care, to dry skin before going outside
During the summer
Wear shoes and socks if you have dry cracked heels
Apply extra moisturizer to affected areas
Use warm water when taking a bath or shower; hot water can dry out the skin
Replace baths with showers; limit your bathing time
Wash dry skin areas with a non-soap cleanser
Gently pat skin dry
Apply moisturizer as soon as possible after bathing
Use AmLactin® Skin Care
Softening rough to severely dry skin can require hydrating moisturizers like AmLactin® alpha-hydroxy skin care products. Popular for the treatment of dry skin, these moisturizers incorporate alpha-hydroxy therapy that gently exfoliates and intensely hydrates. With creamy emollients and rich humectants that help retain the skin’s natural moisture, water is drawn to the skin so it looks and feels soft and smooth.
Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunburn. Be sun smart: use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterward.