Winter Warriors: Conquering Cold Weather Skin Concerns

It’s winter in South Carolina! That means for the next few months, we’ll be experiencing cold weather.

It also means that, at Touch MedSpa in North Myrtle Beach, many of our clients will start asking us about how to conquer dry skin, chapped lips, and other common cold weather skin problems.

This article will help you address those issues, as well as introduce you to preventative measures you can take to protect your skin as much as possible.

Common Cold Weather Skin Concerns and How To Address Them

Here are three common cold weather concerns that many South Carolinians experience in winter and how to address them.

1.   Dry flaky skin

Dry flaky skin is the worst. Seriously! Not only can it cause you to itch, but it can also produce white flakes that stick to or fall on your hair, face, and clothes. In addition, you’ll often notice your skin looking redder and feeling more inflamed, as well as increases in acne and eczema.

How to address dry, flaky skin

  • Stay hydrated. By drinking plenty of water throughout the day, you’ll provide your skin with the water it needs to stay nourished and turn over new, healthy skin cells.
  • Apply a thick moisturizer and/or ointment. Dry skin calls for heavy duty solutions. Try applying a thick moisturizer and/or ointment all over your dry and inflamed skin. This will act as a barrier between your skin and the harsh winter weather that’s causing your problems.
  • Take fewer hot showers. We know you love your hot showers, but you may consider dialing them back a bit, especially in winter. Hot water is known to dry out your skin.

2.   Chapped lips

Chapped lips occur when your lips are dry and irritated. They can become red and cracked, and they can even bleed.

How to address chapped lips

  • Apply lip balm or ointment throughout the day. Be sure that it has hydrating and protective ingredients like zinc oxide, petroleum jelly, shea butter, and/or ceramides.

3.   Cracked hands

Aside from your lips, the skin on your hands is the most common place to develop cracks during cold weather. That’s because you use your hands outside often, as when you type a new text on your phone while you’re walking or insert your credit card in the ATM.


How to address cracked hands


  • Apply thick moisturizer and/or ointment before going out of doors.
  • Wear gloves anytime you go outside.

How To Protect Your Skin From Harsh Winds and Sun Exposure

Winter weather factors that can damage your skin include harsh winds and sun exposure. Yes, you can still be harmed by UV rays from the sun, even in the middle of winter.

Here are some tips to protect your skin from these elements.


  • Wear mineral sunscreen with at least SPF 30.
  • Protect and accessorize at the same time with a hat, scarf, gloves, and clothes that cover most or all of your skin.

Conquer Your Skincare at Touch MedSpa in North Myrtle Beach

Regardless of whether you need help with healing your skin from cold weather or from scarring, aging, and sagging, Touch MedSpa can help you conquer it all!


Book a consultation with our in-house skincare professionals or take our virtual assessment for instant recommendations for your unique skin.