Take care of your skin from dryness in winter
During the winter season, it is more common for our skin to suffer the annoying ravages of dryness.
Cold weather causes the skin to become dry and flaky, sometimes causing itching. Without treatment, the condition known as “winter itch” can last for several months. This can be frustrating and uncomfortable if you live in a very cold, dry climate where forced-air heaters are frequently used. The way to dilate the blood vessels and turn off the itching and tingling cycle is to turn down the heat and take appropriate measures to increase the amount of moisture in the skin.
If you are one of those people who suffer from very dry skin, we recommend the following tips that can help you to have a more hydrated skin.
Limit the use of hot water. Take short, warm showers and gently pat dry skin. According to experts, people with dry skin should bathe less frequently during the winter. Soaking in warm water for 15 minutes a couple of times a week is an alternative.
Use moisturizer on wet skin immediately after bathing. This allows more water to remain in the skin. If you have sensitive skin, you should select a product without perfume or lanolin. According to experts, inexpensive products such as petroleum jelly and mineral oil effectively and safely lubricate the skin.
Take an oatmeal bath once a week. For centuries, people have recognized the skin-softening effects of oatmeal. This natural, chemical-free substance allows you to enjoy warmth and comfort all over your body. To do this, pour two cups of colloidal oatmeal, available at drugstores, into a tub of warm water.
Avoid using harsh soaps that contain bleach, an irritant to dry skin. Instead, you should use soaps with excess fats that have an extra amount of cream, coconut oil or cocoa butter added during the manufacturing process. Thus, it is less irritating to dry skin.
Use a humidifier during the dry winter months. According to experts, warm air reduces the humidity level in your home by 10 percent or less. For the skin to be well lubricated, it requires a level of 30 to 40 percent moisture. Place the unit next to your bed and close the door to keep the humidity in. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and clean the unit regularly to reduce mold and mildew.