Winter Skin Care Tips for Nurses

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OK, so winter is not coming (as they say in Game of Thrones) — it’s actually full-on here! As a nurse, your skin already faces work-related stresses, but add winter harshness to that and it’s extra crucial that you take good care of your body’s largest organ.

Here are some helpful winter skin care tips for nurses — to help you stay smooth and healthy in the face of winter conditions:

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Exfoliate and Moisturize 

Seriously. Do these two things like they’re going out of style. Regular exfoliation keeps your skin healthy and allows lotions and other products to properly penetrate and do their job. When it comes to lotions and creams, make sure you’re not sacrificing functionality for scents or packaging. You need a quality, deep-penetrating product for winter months. And be sure to upgrade to a healing ointment like Aquaphor for extra rough patches on knees and elbows.

Protect Your Skin

If you’re in a colder climate this winter, don’t leave the house without covering up with gloves, scarves, hats, warm socks, and whatever else it takes to protect your skin. Also, don’t skimp on the sunscreen just because it’s cold. Be sure to apply it regularly to your face or any other exposed areas.

Sick of bundling? Try a Travel Nursing assignment somewhere warm and opt out of the whole winter thing!

Avoid Dry and Wet Conditions

I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but your skin will benefit from avoiding excessively dry or wet conditions that plague winter months.

When it comes to wet, try to avoid wet socks and other clothing — get them off and get into something dry as soon as you can. Also on the wet front are lovely, relaxing hot baths. I’m a huge fan of these, but they are extremely drying to your skin. Try to cut back on them if you can, and balance things out by mixing in some nice, soothing bath oils.

A major dry enemy? The air! Place humidifier strategically throughout your home and you’ll benefit from more moisture in the air, which will help lead to a more moisturized you.

See a Specialist

If your measures aren’t measuring up, seek help from an esthetician or dermatologist. A professional will be better able to help diagnose, treat, and get your skin glowing again.

I hope these winter skin care tips for nurses are of some help to you. Whether you wait it out for spring or spring off on a Travel Nursing assignment, here’s to warmer times to come!

About the Author: Sarah Wengert is a blogger for Travel Nursing, a resource and entertainment site for past, present, and future Travel Nurses. She’s also the Creative Content Writer at Medical Solutions, a pet-friendly, top Travel Nurse company. Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking, and singing along to the car radio like no one is watching. 

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