Dealing With Dry Skin During the Winter

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: January 11, 2017

Contributed by Karen Giblin- Red Hot Mamas Medical Expert

At menopause, in particular, our skin tends to secrete less oil due to the effects of diminishing estrogen levels.  As a result, our skin becomes drier and is more prone to wrinkles.  There are some steps we can take to prevent our skin becoming drier.

Here are several things you might consider doing:

  • Hot water can make dry skin worse so it is recommended that you decrease the water temperature you use while showering as well as decrease the length of time you expose your skin to the hot water.
  • Avoid harsh soaps containing detergents and fragrances, which are made from chemicals that can irritate your skin. Dove brand soaps are relatively gentle and do not commonly cause as much irritation as other soaps.
  • Daily moisturizing can also help prevent your skin from becoming dry. There are many moisturizing products available so you should test a few products and pick the one you like best. You should moisturize one to two times daily and one of the best times is immediately when you get out of the shower.
  • Using a humidifier during the winter months can also help your skin stay moisturized. The dry heat in your home makes for a low-humidity environment, which can dry out your skin.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of water as well.