Dry skin and hair are a big problem during cooler months. We spoke with a dermatologist today to find out how to avoid it.
Cool weather provides a one-two punch to your skin and hair.
Low humidity outside and running heaters or fireplaces inside all sap moisture from your skin and leaves you itching and irritated.
Before it's a problem, try ramping up your lotion regimen.
"Most people, they will put lotion on their skin sporadically when they get dry skin in the wintertime." says Dr. Paras Ramolia with Abilene Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center.
"You may want to make that more consistent by doing that two or three times a day" says Dr. Ramolia.
As we age, skin loses it's ability to retain moisture so if applying your lotion twice a day isn't enough, try increasing it to three to five times.
Lotions that contain proteins, like Cetaphil and CeraVe, help replace the skin's barrier and encourage healing.
If you're having problems with dry scalp and hair, Dr. Ramolia recommends shampoos like Selsun Blue or Head & Shoulders. Let it sit on your skin for three to five minutes.
Now's also a good time to rebuild your hair.
"Using a strengthening shampoo, let it sit and work a few minutes and try to minimize any heat on the hair" says Dr. Ramolia.
Dietary supplements that contain iron and biotin will help strengthen your hair, skin, and nails but it won't actually reverse any dryness problems that you already have.
If lotions and moisturizers aren't working for you, consider seeing a dermatologist.