Aspirus Media Center

Simple changes to soothe dry skin this winter


Nikole Larkin, Nurse Practitioner at Aspirus Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics

The skin, being the body's largest organ, is the canvas of our well-being, and everyone wants to put their best skin forward. However, maintaining healthy and vibrant skin requires effort, especially during colder, drier months.


National Healthy Skin month is a time when people are encouraged to learn about the functions of the skin and how to keep it working and looking its best. The aim is to emphasize the significance of keeping the skin fresh and well-hydrated, not only in winter but year-round.


“Our skin loses moisture as we age, so it’s important to establish daily healthy habits and skincare routines for optimal skin health,” says Nikole Larkin, Nurse Practitioner at Aspirus Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics. “It’s never too late to start."


To help you achieve a lifetime of healthier skin, here are seven winter tips from the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD):


1. Combat Dry Skin during Baths and Showers: Adjust shower or bath temperature to a lower setting and limit the duration to 5-10 minutes. Use a gentle cleanser and pat your skin dry with a towel.

2. Moisturize Promptly: Apply moisturizer immediately after washing to trap moisture in the skin. Opt for ointments, creams, or lotions containing moisture-locking ingredients like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and dimethicone.


Larkin adds, “applying hyaluronic acid topically attracts and retains moisture, effectively hydrating the skin. This results in a moisturized, soft skin texture and a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles.”


3. Choose Ointments or Creams: Opt for ointments or creams over lotions, as they are more effective and less irritating. Look for products with moisture-locking ingredients to keep your skin hydrated and soft.

4. Protect Your Lips: Use a soothing lip balm and switch if it causes discomfort or irritation to your lips.

5. Guard Your Hands: Wear gloves to protect your hands, especially in cold or wet weather or when handling substances that could irritate the skin.

6. Stay Warm Wisely: Avoid direct exposure to excessive heat sources like fireplaces, as they can dry out your skin. Layer clothing and use blankets for warmth.

7. Humidify the Air: Plug in a humidifier to add moisture to the air, particularly in heated indoor spaces.


The skilled board-certified and specialty trained providers at Aspirus Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics can help you rejuvenate your skin with a variety of treatment options. For more information about the in-office procedures or medical grade skincare products available, visit or call 715.870.2162. You can find us at 1901 Westwood Center Boulevard in Wausau, Wisconsin, with select providers offering services in Rhinelander and Plover.


Back to all Posts