Those long, hot showers feel darn good -- but they may be hurting your skin, board certified dermatologist Aanand Geria says.
The physician is opening a practice this May in Rutherford and specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology.
He is sharing his top tips on how to protect and heal cracking winter skin.
- Use a humidifier: The cold winter air has less moisture therefore causing the skin to dry out. Use a humidifier at home to help with this problem
- Protect your hands while doing housework: wear disposable nitrile gloves to protect your skin from harsh chemicals and hot water
- Consider a new moisturizer: the ideal moisturizer is a “cream” rather than a “lotion” and is fragrance-free. It should be applied when the skin is damp to lock in the moisture
- Avoid harsh soaps: Skip the Irish Spring or Lever 2000. It’s better to choose a gentle cleanser on your skin like Cetaphil for the face and Basis or Dove Soap for the body. The goal is to clean the skin but not strip it of all the natural oils.
- Limit time and temperature in the shower: Long, hot showers feel great, but they actually dry out the skin significantly. Try to dial back the temperature to something comfortable but not scorching hot and spend no more than 5-10 minutes in the shower.
- Apply sunscreen everyday: Harmful ultraviolet rays are still present even on a cloudy day. UV radiation is the main cause of skin cancer and premature aging.
Geria was born and raised in New Jersey, having earned his undergraduate degree at Pennsylvania State University and his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors and went on to complete his transitional internship at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pennsylvania.
He completed his dermatology residency at Howard University Hospital and Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he was appointed chief resident during his final year.
The physician is a clinical instructor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and was a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York Medical College.
He is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. Geria is also a member of American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, New Jersey Dermatological Society and Skin of Color Society.
He has authored several articles in major peer-reviewed journals as well as lectured at local and national conferences.
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