Winter Weather and Dryness – How it impacts skin, hair, and nails & how to treat it.

Author: Laini Moman, L.A., CLHRP

Q: Why do skin, hair, and nails get affected by winter weather?

A: In general, winter months are much dryer. The dryness combined with extreme weather changes can wreak havoc on our skin, hair and nails. In addition to the dryness the rapid temperature changes can cause skin conditions such as Rosacea to flare because of the unpredictable conditions.

Q: What is a winter rash and what are its symptoms?

A: Winter rashes occur as the natural oils in our skin are depleted due to the cold, dry air and wind. Typical symptoms include redness, itchiness, swelling, flaking and overall sensitivity.

Q: Are there treatments available for winter rash?

A: Our Dermatologists here at Vitalogy Skincare have options for these types of rashes. Some treatments may include topical creams, antihistamines, or antibiotics. If you are experiencing symptoms resembling Winter Rash, please contact our office today. 

Q: Are there things we can do to protect our skin, hair, and nails during the cold weather?

A: Yes! Avoid the use of harsh soaps, detergents, alcohol base and fragrant ingredients. Also be sure to protect your skin with a barrier cream or moisturizer. You can also do a hair mask which can lock in moisture. 

Q: What are your best skin care tips to help us keep our skin healthy through the winter?

A: As winter months approach, sometimes changes in your skincare routine may be required. For example, you may need to switch to a more occlusive moisturizer to help the loss of natural oils in the dryer months. Skinceuticals® Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 is a great option in the winter as it helps with the external barrier and support of natural self-repair.  

Q: Which other skin conditions are affected by this change in season?

A: Rosacea is a very common skin condition that is affected by changes in seasons. You may notice flaring during the winter months due to harsh weather conditions. There may be options to help you reduce the inflammation. Not only are there medication options, but our Medical Spa offers light therapy treatments that reduce redness and inflammation. Consultations are complimentary. 

Q: How are these conditions treated when they flare up?

A: Treatment varies by patient depending on the condition. Some flares require medication, while others we may have a topical product recommendation or treatment in the medical spa.