Experts Share Tips on Keeping Your Skin Healthy in Dry Winter Air

Experts Share Tips on Keeping Your Skin Healthy in Dry Winter Air

With the arctic chill outside, and the high heat inside, it's easy to see your skin get dry and irritated.
(SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) Cold outdoor temperatures combined with cranked up indoor heating ... Can dry out your home.

"It's a big problem due to the humidity being low in the air right now. outside. furnaces eat a lot of the humidity as well," said Carl Phillips, manager of One Hour Heating and Air in Springfield.

This combination can lead to dry, flaky, and itchy skin, and can exacerbate existing allergies and skin conditions.

But there are ways to combat the dryness.

One is a humidifier.

"Humidifiers are great options to introduce humidity back into the home and also help your furnace from eating a lot of that extra humidity," Phillips said.

Humidifiers can be added to an existing home furnace or purchased as a portable unit.

To measure the humidity in your home, you can use a device bought at the hardware store that measures both humidity and temperature.

35-40% humidity is recommended in a temperature of around 70-degrees indoors.

And the local pharmacy might offer some relief as well.

"Every year about this time of year, we have an increase of people coming in form cold weather with dry skin," said pharmacist Donald Charpentler.

Charpentler recommends lotions to replenish your skin with moisture.

"Lotions seep into skin more, creams stay on surface more. You should use a moisturizing soap whenever you take a bath. And then put on lotion twice a day immediate after taking a shower and then at night before going to bed," he said.

Charpentler's recommendation to use lotion is for people who are experiencing weather-related dryness.

He said people with certain skin conditions should consult with their dermatologists before applying products.

He added that people experiencing severe cracks or chapped skin should consult with a doctor.
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