28
February
2014

How to deal with dry skin during winter

Dry skin seems to be an inevitable problem for many people during the cold winter months. Dry skin can lead to unpleasant cracking, which can lead to worsening cuts and bleeding. Here are some helpful tips to banish dry skin for good!

Dry skin seems to be an inevitable problem for many people during the cold winter months. Dry skin can lead to unpleasant cracking, which can lead to worsening cuts and bleeding. Here are some helpful tips to banish dry skin for good!

The best thing a person can do to prevent and treat dry skin is to keep the skin moisturized. It’s important to reevaluate your skin routine during the winter months, because as the months change so does your skin’s needs. It’s important to use an ointment moisturizer that is oil-based rather than water-based. Oil-based ointments create a protective layer on your skin, and work better to retain moisture than a cream or lotion. Some oil-based ointments are not appropriate for your face, so make sure to read labels carefully. Appropriate oils that can be used on the face include avocado, mineral, primrose, and almond oil because these do not clog pores. Lotions that are advertised as containing humectants also help to moisturize the skin. Another helpful tool is to continue to wear sunscreen during the winter months. Many people don’t believe sunburn can happen in the wintertime, but if you plan on being outside for an extended amount of time, it’s important to use sunscreen. This will prevent sunburn that can contribute to peeling and dry skin.

The skin on the hands is thinner than skin on other areas of the body. This means they are more susceptible to dryness and cracking. When going outside during the winter, make sure to wear gloves. This will keep your hands warm and prevents moisture from escaping during the winter months. It’s also very important to avoid putting on wet gloves or socks. This can further irritate dry skin leading to itching and cracking.

Feet are also a major problem area for those suffering from dry, cracking skin. While some foot lotions may work during the summer months, the winter months require stronger products to retain moisture. Lotions and ointments containing petroleum jelly or glycerin are the most appropriate for your feet during the wintertime. These products protect your skin the best against dryness.

Throughout the winter, our faces are most frequently exposed to the harsh winds and cold air. It’s important to avoid exfoliative products, harsh peels and masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents. Most products that help fight acne contain acids and alcohols that are extremely drying. If you can’t avoid the use of these products, put a layer of an oil-based moisturizer on your skin first before putting on any of these products. This allows for some moisture to be retained, and reduce any dryness or peeling.

As we crank up the heat during the wintertime in our homes, we don’t realize this is dry, hot air being blown throughout our home. This air lacks humidity. Using humidifiers releases humidity into the air, and prevents the skin from drying out.

A hot bath or shower sounds great after coming in from the harsh cold, but overly hot water breaks down the lipids on the skin that help create and retain moisture. Warm water and bathing for a shorter period of time, allows the body to retain as much moisture as possible. A lukewarm bath mixed with oatmeal is a helpful treatment for dry, itchy skin.

These tips will help prevent you from getting dry, cracking skin, and helps to treat dry skin that is already occurring. If these tips don’t improve the your skin, it may be helpful to consultant a dermatologist for other helpful products.

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