Some Do More Harm Than Good When Trying To Stay Warm

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DALLAS (CBS11) – The heat lamps were fired up, patios sat empty and folks along Lower Greenville could not get away from all the jackets and boots if they tried on Friday night.

“It’s so cold. I have a sweater and I wish I had a coat,” said Madison Slushar, a Dallas resident.

While people cover up in the cold, some might not even think about caring for their skin when temperatures drop.

It is after all the largest organ of the human body.

“I don’t. My wife probably does, but I don’t,” laughed Jaycen Abbott.

In some case, doctors said people might be doing more harm than good when trying to stay warm.

“Once the heater comes on, the house gets a lot drier,” said Dr. Jerald Sklar, a Dallas dermatologist.

Dr. Sklar said raising the thermostat will make skin dry out quicker.

He also said people further irritate their dry skin when they bathe.               

“Nothing worst for dry skin than long, hot showers,” said Dr. Sklar.

To help ease those problem, Dr. Sklar suggests using a humidifier in the house to create moisture.

He also said people should use lotions during the day and petroleum-jelly like Vasoline at night.

“You might slide out of the bed, but I don’t think you can over-do it,” joked Dr. Sklar.

What most people forget about are the UV rays from the sun during the fall and winter months.

“Even though it may not be as hot outside, you may not think you need the sun protection. You still need the sunscreen in the winter, too,” said Dr. Sklar.

Using a lighter, less harsh soap during the winter months to keep skin from getting too dry is also a good option, said Dr Sklar.

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