Winter’s not the only time to pay attention to your family’s skin health. Sun, chlorine, and even air-conditioning can deplete the skin’s natural moisture, leaving it feeling dry and uncomfortable. Deborah S. Sarnoff, M.D., New York City Cosmetic Dermatologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology, NYU School of Medicine and president of The Skin Cancer Foundation, offers these tips to help families keep the “itchy” at bay:
In the pool
In the Pool-According to recent studies, swimming in chlorinated or seawater causes a 20 percent reduction in skin hydration, which can lead to dry and itchy skin. Worse, the uncomfortable feeling can last up to four hours after swimming. A Creme formulated with oatmeal is used for treating itchy, dry, and post-pool skin, no matter how many dips you take in the pool, your skin will feel hydrated and healthy.
Men often take off their shirts in the hot weather, which can lead to drier skin. When the temperature rises, dermatologists advise heavier, “greasier” moisturizers such as creams and ointments because these are more effective at holding moisture in the skin and helping heal dry areas.
For The Kids-Moisturizer is a summer camp essential. Pediatricians recommend using moisturizers that contain oatmeal to calm the dry-skin itch, and which are also nonirritating, so they’re safe for children with sensitive skin and eczema.