EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- During the bitter cold months in Wisconsin dry and cracked skin can become a real problem. But there are easy ways to avoid the aches and pains. Hello Wisconsin talked about remedies with Jessica Zingshiem, RN and Clinical Nurse Manager at HSHS St. Joseph's Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric medicine.
Winter skin care:
Skin care changes in the winter because we are now exposed to colder, dryer air outdoors, and warmer dryer air indoors.
Important lines of defense when outdoors:
Sunscreen, yes, sunscreen!
Protecting exposed skin from the cold, dry winter air not only slows the moisture lost from our bodies, but obviously keeps us more comfortable & reduces our susceptibility to more severe skin injuries, such as frost bite.
Common skin issues & complaints during the winter:
Dry skin & dermatitis creates itching. When we itch/scratch, it often results in small cuts/scrapes that break the protective barrier our skin would otherwise provide, leading to a risk for infection.
o Using hypoallergenic, fragrance free moisturizers can help provide relief.
o More money does not necessarily mean a better product.
o The key is to use regularly to achieve positive results.
o Moisturize after handwashing as warm/hot water & soap tend to dry out the skin.
o Trial & error, what works for you, may not work for your children, we are all made up differently therefore we all react differently to different products. You may have to try different products until you find what works best for you.
o Use sunscreen daily.
o Even though the sun is further from the earth in the winter season, we are still exposed to Ultra Violet light which can penetrate through cloud cover & glass (care windows, house windows etc).
o Ultra Violet light can also cause skin damage/sun burn as it does reflect off of the snow.
o Many OTC varieties exist.
o The key to using dandruff shampoos is to follow the instructions closely. Some of these shampoos recommend leaving the product on the scalp for a period of time prior to rinsing, so make sure recommendations are being followed to achieve optimal results/relief.