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Tips to help you guard your skin against winter’s harsh weather

Use and share these 12 reminders to treat your skin right throughout the winter months.

Cold and wintry weather can take a toll on your skin, causing dryness and flaking, with extreme reactions leading to eczema, itching, and sometimes bleeding and infection. Most at risk are hands, feet, lower legs, lips and face. While you’re protecting your patients from cold-climate skin damage, remember your own skin too. Here are some top tips to treating your skin with care throughout the season.

Make skin health second nature. Share this list with friends or print and post it to help coworkers remember to take good care of their skin too.

Wash and dry on gentle

1.
Shower in warm water, not super-hot, which can damage and dry out and irritate skin.1

2.
Use a soft cloth (or just your hands) to wash in the shower.

3.
Pat skin dry after a shower or bath, rather than rubbing.

Add moisture

4.
Use gentle moisturizer to cover skin after drying from a shower or bath.

5.
Moisturize hands after washing them as water can actually dry out skin.

6.
On damaged skin, use a thick ointment several times a day to help protect and heal.

Strengthen defenses

7.
Wear gloves or mittens outside to protect skin from the cold and wind.

8.
Continue to use sun block and sunglasses to prevent sunburn even when it’s cold.

9.
Apply lip balm several times a day to help prevent chapping.

Take special care

10.
Avoid skin care products with alcohol, fragrance, retinoids or alpha-hydroxy acid.

11.
Plug in a humidifier to add moisture to the air.

12.
Continue to drink plenty of water to hydrate from the inside out.