Skin Care Tips: Winterizing Fragile Skin (2016 #1)
By Paula Erwin-Toth
Winter is in full swing all across the country. Depending on where you live, you may be preparing for the inevitable snow, sleet, rain, and wind. Even in warmer climates, temperatures usually drop and the furnaces kick on. We spend a great deal of time winterizing our homes and cars, but what about our skin?
Winter can be extremely tough on skin, especially on fragile skin. Our skin performs several vital functions including offering protection from germs and the elements, insulating us from cold, providing our sense of touch, helping regulate our body temperature, and synthesizing Vitamin D. If you or your loved one has fragile skin, one or more of these vital functions is compromised.
Let’s start with cleansing. Avoid harsh soaps and shampoos. Why? Fragile skin does not contain as many natural oils as normal skin and the natural skin barrier that protects from infection is weakened. Taking too many baths or showers, especially in the winter months, can be damaging to fragile skin. A gentle, pH-balanced, no-rinse skin cleanser, like Welmedix HomeCare PRO Cleansing Foam is ideal for everyday use to stay clean from head to toe. Its high-action foam gently lifts and cleans without drying out fragile skin.
Protect Skin with a Moisture Barrier
Keeping your skin moisturized can be a real challenge, but we have some tips to help you. Apply a moisture barrier ointment while your skin is slightly damp. This will retain moisture on your skin and offer protection from external damage. Select a moisture barrier ointment that is designed to protect fragile, sensitive skin, like Welmedix HomeCare PRO Fragile Skin Protective Ointment. Pay special attention to hands, elbows, knees, and heels. Apply the ointment evenly, usually twice a day. Adding gloves and elbow, knee and heel protectors can enhance the effectiveness of the moisture barrier. If incontinence is an issue, cleanse the skin immediately with a no-rinse cleanser followed by application of a moisture barrier ointment. This regimen is essential to help prevent breakdown of the skin. Wearing a hat, gloves and dressing in layers will help you protect your head, face, arms and legs from the elements and can be a big help in keeping your skin as healthy as possible.
Winter can be a beautiful time of year, but just like we take special precautions with our homes and cars to be safe and secure, we need to pay special attention to nature’s gift wrap: our skin.