By U.S. ArmyJanuary 29, 2019
Winter in Missouri brings cold, dry weather. Your skin can suffer during this time because of these conditions.
Even though the sun may not shine as often as in the summer, ultraviolet light still goes through the clouds and daily sunscreen is still recommended.
Ultraviolet light can reflect off ice and snow, making the effects even stronger.
Always look for a sunscreen that meets these three criteria: SPF 30 or higher, broad-spectrum, and water resistant.
This will protect your skin from developing wrinkles and dark spots, plus help reduce your risk of skin cancer.
The skin will also be drier during winter months. Limiting baths and showers to 5-10 minutes and avoiding hot water can help.
Applying moisturizer within a few minutes of drying off from a shower helps trap existing moisture in the skin. Look for an ointment or cream rather than a lotion when buying your moisturizer. Ointments and creams are thicker, more effective and less irritating to the skin. Drug store ointments and creams are just as effective as expensive products and are more affordable.
General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital has a dermatologist available to beneficiaries.
If you are concerned about dry skin, acne, warts, rashes, lumps, bumps or any skin, hair or nail condition at all, see your primary care provider to get a referral to dermatology.