It’s November again, which means that across much of America, pleasant summer and autumn weather is being replaced by the cold, dry, windy weather of winter. With that weather comes dry chapped lips and skin caused by low humidity and windy conditions. For outdoor enthusiasts, that typically means chapped lips and dry, chapped fingers and hands. The pain associated with these conditions makes participation in all sports and outdoor activities more difficult.
The primary cause of drier, reddened and cracking skin is the lower humidity, the winter wind and the lower temperatures. These conditions dry out your lips, creating a natural urge to apply moisturizers or lick the lips frequently. Licking your lips results in more cracks and irritation, and more licking — a very vicious cycle. The change in weather also dries the skin on your hands, resulting in cracks around your nails. This can make even the most mundane daily tasks quite painful.
There are several things you can do to prevent chapped, painful lips and hands:
- Natural oils on your skin help to hold moisture, whereas showers and harsh soaps act to remove those oils. By taking warm showers and using mild soaps you can help retain some of the natural oils on your skin.
- Apply moisturizers to your skin that contain lanolin or petroleum jelly.
- Dress to prevent wind and sun exposure that can dry out your skin.
- Wear water proof clothing and warm, comfortable, water resistant shoes as well.
- Apply moisturizers and sunscreen to prevent wind and sun damage.
For areas of cracked, reddened and painful lips and skin apply products that contain 1% Hydrocortisone. The Hydrocortisone acts by reducing the inflammation associated with chapped lips and dry, scaling skin. It heals the chapped skin and cracked areas on your lips and fingers making the harsh weather more tolerable. It is also effective for fever blisters, chapped skin due to lip licking (especially in children), allergies to lipstick, and effects of chemicals in other lip balms that may cause painful, irritated lips.
Applying lotion that contains 1% Hydrocortisone can also reduce the scaling and dryness associated with winter weather. As an ingredient, it helps to make skin moisturizers more effective by healing the cracked areas on your skin.
When the winter weather makes your skin and lips miserable, reach for Dr. Dan’s Cortibalm, the only lip balm with 1% hydrocortisone and Dr. Dan’s Hand Lotion for softer, more comfortable lips and skin.