Petroleum gel (medical petroleum), petroleum jelly, glycerin and shea butter for winter care
People with medical diagnoses due to the use of various drugs and medical therapies (especially diabetics because chronically increased blood sugar levels increase the risk of bacterial and fungal infections – say experts) should have proper winter care due to wearing hats, gloves, etc. (and increased stay in closed rooms ) and in accordance with their own capabilities. Avoid hot baths and showers with hot water (because the skin dries out and itching is possible). Rather choose warm baths and showers with warm water. Hydrate the body with shower gels and some cream after showering.
Face experts and cosmetologists recommend protective creams with a protection factor of 30 or more. Apply the cream in the morning and in the evening before going to bed. Thus, the face is protected from wind, rain and cold and prevents the skin from drying out.
Lips are susceptible to various external influences and drying and cracking. Mild lip balms are preferred to avoid irritation of sensitive mucous membranes. Choose a product that contains petroleum gel (medical petroleum), petroleum jelly, mineral oils and shea butter. Avoid products with herbal and chemical ingredients that can irritate the lips.
Gloves protect hands from the cold, the harmful effects of the wind and other weather conditions. Moisturizers are a better choice than lotions in winter. Choose creams that contain petroleum oil, glycerin and shea butter. You can also use some oil from the kitchen (olive, coconut or canola oil or beet oil).
Fingers – dry skin can cause the accumulation of cells on the surface of the skin (ie to the formation of thickening). Avoid perfumed creams. Choose fragrance-free products. Avoid products with lactic acid or ammonium lactate, which can further irritate cracked skin.
Feet – poor circulation is a common problem for many people (which causes unexpected skin problems). For example, together with peripheral neuropathy (damage to nerve endings that diabetics often have), it causes reduced sweating of the feet – the consequence of which is dry skin. People with damaged nerve endings often have reduced sensation in this part of the body. During the winter, the feet are often in socks and boots, so the appearance of blisters is possible. Careful selection of shoes and socks is advised to avoid the formation of blisters, calluses, and other deformities and changes in the skin of the feet. Choose fabrics with which the skin can breathe (like wool and materials that prevent sweating). It is recommended to use an anti-fungal powder on the feet before putting on socks.
Toes. The same rule applies to the toes as to all folds in the skin (groin, folds on the chest). These folds sweat easily under layers of winter clothing (and a moist environment is suitable for the development of fungal infections). The most important thing is that the skin breathes well to avoid fungal infections. It is not recommended to apply the cream to the area between the toes. Use an anti-fungal powder as a preventative measure.