The cold weather is finally upon us. Many of us have already seen snow gracing our lawns and started reaching for those heavier coats and sweaters. No matter where you live and in what climate, we can all relate to dealing with dry skin in the cooler months. No one likes having cracked red hands and scales of dry skin coming off their body. So, what are some ways that we can beat dry skin? Take a look at the tips we have below.
Close The Door
For many of us, we like to leave the door open when showering or bathing, because we don’t want our mirrors or other surfaces to get fogged up. However, the moisture that is leaving out the door is also leaving our skin dry and red. So close the door and lock in that moisture.
Speaking Of Bathing
Try to limit the amount of time that you spend in the bath or shower each day. Spending excess time in either can cause skin irritation. I know from my experience, I have often dealt with a dry itching back because I spent too long letting the hot water run down my back in the shower. Dermatologists recommend only showering for 10 minutes every day. I know that might be too quick of a shower for you, so just cutting back a couple of minutes can help.
Also, opt for warm rather than scorching hot water. I know that the hottest water possible can feel good during those cold days, but it is not the best for your skin. Extremely hot water can cause your skin to redden and crack after exposure. Try to get used to having a little cooler water during the winter season.
Moisturize immediately after showering. It can be helpful to have a bottle of lotion right beside your shower or on your bathroom counter. This is going to help rejuvenate your skin and restore some of what was lost during your hot shower. Not to mention it will feel great as well!
Consider Ointment Or Creams
I know that when thinking about dry skin that all our thoughts go to lotion, but ointments and creams can be just as effective. This is because they can be directly applied to affected areas, rather than slathered willy-nilly. Great ingredients to look for in ointments and creams include olive oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, lactic acid, glycerin, and mineral oil.
After Washing Your Hands
One of the worst ways to dry up your hands is through washing them excessing during colder weather. Especially washing them before you head outside. The solution is not to cut back on washing your hands, but to carry some lotion with you. This can be applied after you wash your hands every single time. Try to pick out hand lotion that is not super greasy, so that it can just be used to prevent dryness on your hands. Many companies make lotions or ointments that are easy to carry in your purse.
Chapstick Is Your New Best Friend
If your lips are feeling irritated, invest in some quality chapstick or lip balm. Your lips get affected by cold weather the worst, so treat them well. Many of the lip balms and chapsticks on the market even have tinted color now, so you won’t have to worry about not wearing any lipstick. Find a chapstick that works for you and stick to it. I would also suggest buying chapstick in bulk because if you’re anything like me, you’ll lose them easily.
Try A Humidifier
One of the problems you may be experiencing with dry skin is not having enough moisture in your air at home. So how do you add that? Try a plugin humidifier. This is a great way to help reduce allergies and colds as well.
Say No To Scented Skin Care Products
Yes, we all like to smell good after applying lotion or soap, but some of these products are detrimental to dry, sensitive skin, and can cause an unfavorable reaction. If you are not noticing a problem with your skin while using scented products, by all means, continue using those products. However, if you see any irritation or dryness, it might be time to switch products just for the winter. In fact, when it comes to allergies, humidifiers are like force fields that offer protection from allergens in your own home.
One of the easiest ways to get dry skin is to expose your skin to it. So make sure that you have a warm winter coat, and wear gloves whenever you are outside. There are many glove options out there that allow you to use your phone and access other touchscreen devices. It never hurts to have a scarf that can cover part of your face and a hat to put on your head. Make wise choices as you embark outside this winter.
As you can see, there are many easy things you can do each day to help reduce the amount of dry skin you have this winter. So grab some lotion, a humidifier, and your handy scarf, and protect your skin from winter weather.