Dry skin can lack both moisture and epidermal lipids, which leads to a modification in the skin barrier function, preventing it from providing effective protection. Our skin can get worse during the cold winter months. How can we prevent this from happening?
What symptoms do your patients with dry skin show?
Dry skin is a condition that can permanently affect certain individuals.
It can also effect their arms and legs, particularly the hands, and sometimes the entire body. Dry skin may be genetic (ichthyosis) or linked to various factors. Yet, all dry skin tends to get worse during the winter.
What exactly happens during the winter season?
As the hygrometry level drops, the skin reacts by releasing moisture, causing it to become increasingly dry.
The wind, cold temperatures, heavy clothing as well as UV rays in mountainous areas intensify the skin’s level of dryness. Tight, pulling sensations become more frequent in addition to intense skin discomfort. It is thus essential to apply rich moisturising products to the skin several times a day, particularly to the face and lips.
What do you recommend for soothing the feel of dry and uncomfortable skin?
I recommend applying an intense moisture skincare twice a day.
The intense moisturising product should contain both moisturising ingredients and lipids in order to help protect against transepidermal water loss. I also highly recommend bath oil, to be used in the bath or directly on the skin after washing. I advise my patients to systematically apply emollient and moisturizing products to the skin.