How to prevent and treat dry, itchy skin in winter?
For many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema . External factors, including cold temperatures, low humidity, and the use of central heat, tend to worsen dry skin during the winter season. As do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers.
Added moisture helps, but you need to do more to actually prevent dryness and keep skin looking youthful and smooth. To reduce chapping, redness, itching, and keep skin more healthy and comfortable this season, try these tips.
1. Don’t take super-hot (or long) showers.
Nothing sounds better than a steaming hot shower on a cold day, but hot water is actually the enemy of dry winter skin.
2. Moisturize Immediately Afterwards
Your skin not only needs more moisture, but moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin. Keep a bottle near the bathtub, shower stall, and at every sink and use liberally every time you wash.
3. Use a thicker moisturizer.
Once you’ve used your towel to pat-dry, apply your moisturizer. If you don’t already, try a face and body balm during the winter. The thicker texture “seals moisturizing ingredients into dry, cracked, flaking skin.
Get used to wearing gloves and scarves to protect skin from cold winds and rain. Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. Winter sun can be just as damaging as summer sun.
5. Hook Up the Humidifier
Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.
6. Hydrate From the Inside Out
Eating foods high in water content can help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Try watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, oranges, kiwi, and watery veggies like celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin. Also consider omega-3 supplements, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth.
We often forget to help the skin slough off dead cells in the winter. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. Body blendz scrubs contain olive oil and jojoba oil for maximum moisturizing properties, leaving your skin super smooth but beautifully hydrated.
8. Change Your Cleanser
Cleansers can be extremely drying to the skin. Choose a creamy cleanser for the winter months.
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