Along with the snow and cold air, winter brings low humidity. And when the humidity is low, dry skin is more common. Skin can become so dry that it causes flaking, cracking, or even eczema. When skin is so dry that it cracks, it becomes a perfect entryway for germs. Putting on lotion is a necessity during the winter to avoid dry and itchy skin. Here are some tips that can help.
- Make sure to check the labels on your moisturizers.
- If they contain alcohol, they are more likely to dry your skin out.
- Avoid fragrances because skin that is prone to being dry is most likely sensitive and will react negatively to skincare scent.
- Find a moisturizer that is oil-based rather than water-based. An oil-based moisturizer is better at making a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion.
- Avoid oils that are bad for the face and clog pores. Avocado oil, mineral oil, primrose oil, and almond oil are all good non-clogging oil options. Lotions that contain humectants are also good for attracting moisture to your skin.
- The skin on your hands is thinner than other parts of the body and has fewer oil glands.
- Make sure to always keep your hands moist by putting on lotion or wearing gloves to keep them warm outside. Make sure your gloves are dry because wet gloves or socks can irritate your skin and cause it to be dry.
- For your feet, find lotions that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine that can get the dead skin off and moisturize deep into your skin.
- Hook up a humidifier to bring moisture to the air.
- If you have many small humidifiers throughout your home, they can disperse moisture evenly.
- Moisture will help your skin avoid being dry.
- Shower in warm water instead of hot water because the hot water makes skin feel more dry and itchy. Hot water can break down lipid barriers in skin, which leads to a loss of moisture.
- Apply your moisturizer immediately after a bath or shower while your skin is still moist.
- Staying hydrated and a healthy diet can keep your skin moisturized.
- If you get enough good fats in your diet, such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, your skin will stay looking healthy.
- Indulge in watery foods and avoid salty foods to stay hydrated.
Another way to keep your skin moisturized is by applying sunscreen before going outside. Even though it’s not sunny and warm out, the sunscreen can protect your skin from the winter sun.
Dry skin can be very bothersome because of the itchiness, but there are other benefits to moisturizing other than preventing itchy skin. Moisturizing can keep your skin looking healthy and young. It prevents aging by giving you softer and elastic skin.
Don't let the cold weather keep you from having healthy and smooth skin.