DermTV – Choosing a Moisturizer for the Winter [ Epi #142]

DermTV – Choosing a Moisturizer for the Winter [ Epi #142]

Hello, I’m Dr. Neal Schultz [pause] and welcome to DermTV. Today, I’m going to talk about moisturizers
for dry winter skin because moisturizers are such an important part of
both preventing and treating dry skin. Certainly, in the wintertime, your moisturizer
is going to be a little bit heavier or a little bit richer
than it was in the spring or summer. Creams tend to be heavier than lotions
although lotions, of course, spread more easily. And in the wintertime,
it’s OK to have a little bit of oil in your moisturizer as long as it’s
not for a part of your body that’s prone to breaking out with acne like your
face or upper chest or back. Let’s look at some ingredients in these
three different types of moisturizer by Eucerin. The first is a cream,
which is the heaviest, and this is their original moisturizing cream
and, you may know that when you read ingredients on skin care products, they’re
listed in order of decreasing concentration so the first ingredient
is the one that’s there in the greatest quantity. The first ingredient
here is water, the second is petrolatum which is a fancy name for petroleum
jelly which is essentially like Vaseline, and the third one is mineral
oil; that’s why this is so thick and viscous and heavy. In their original
moisturizing lotion, the first ingredient is water and the second one
is mineral oil. There’s no petroleum jelly, and then it goes on to the
other ingredients. And then they have a lighter lotion which they indicate
is lighter on the label by saying “light feeling, absorbs quickly.”
The ingredients here are, first is water, and the second one is sunflower oil,
and you don’t get down to petrolatum until the third or fourth ingredient.
There are other important ingredients to look for in moisturziers, especially
in the wintertime: aloe vera, ceramides, dimethicone, hyaluronic acid,
glycerin, Shea butter and silicone are all very good ingredients for
moisturizers. But the most important thing to tell you about your moisturizers
in the wintertime, make sure you re-apply them frequently in order
to get the most benefit from your moisturizer.

About the Author: Earl Hamill


  1. @jennyhestnes – water applied to the face (ie washing) does have a drying effect but as an ingredient in a moisturizer it does not dry out the skin, and along with the other ingredients attracts and holds moisture on/in the skin.

  2. @jennyhestnes Actually, water is necessary to moisturize your skin and you'll see it as the first ingredient in most moisturizers. When you add water to your skin, your skin's evaporation system will try to evaporate the water. However, it's a slightly inefficient system so a little water will be left. Thus, water alone isn't a great moisturizer, so moisturizers include other ingredients to ensure that the most important moisturizing ingredient, water, is locked into your skin.

  3. summer is hot and humid. humity=water in the air. your skin, unless you have some other issue, isn't dry in the summer (unless you're in az or something). the air is always dry in the winter. that's why you get winter dry skin. if water was bad for your skin, your skin would be extra dry in the summer. has every lotion you've used made your skin even dryer?? no

  4. Its not exactly stupid and immature though? I was just surprised to be the first to see te video although I coul have said it in a better way, and its not rare loads of people do that and carry it on

  5. @hisschoolblowup: Thank you for your kind words! Oily skin and dry skin in some spots indicate combination skin. If that is the case, you should use an acne-appropriate cleanser in the zone where you have the oily skin, which is usually the T-zone, and a separate cleanser for gentle or dry skin in the area thats dry which is usually the cheeks. Afterward, you should use a water-based or oil-free moisturizer in those same dry spots.

  6. Hi, I have a huge question about my skin:
    I have combination skin. I use a cleanser like proactiv but that makes your skin really dry so it makes it worse. I cleanse my face everyday but I still have acne! I also apply cream almost everyday but the dryness isn't going away. The cream I use is called Hempz and it's an over the counter product so can be found at drugstores. What would you recommend for my skin? It's dry yet oily.

  7. I thought petroleum jelly actually blocks moisture from coming in? wouldnt beeswax or something that retains moisture be better?

  8. Dr. Schultz, is it true that while Glycerin absorbs moisture from the air into the skin, it also draws moisture from the deeper layers of the skin to its surface, therefore simultaneously dehydrating the skin too? According to some sources, Glycerin can do this, especially when we add glycerin to the skin as an isolated ingredient.

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