Dry winter skin is the absolute worst. The itching. The scratching. The cracking. The constant need to re-moisturize. What’s worse is that dry winter skin can leave your skin prone to infection. Eventually all those dry cracks and skin fissures can all allow unwanted bacteria to get in. Ouch!
Recent painful dry hands was a reminder that I needed to stick to some of the advice that I had been giving to patients just a few years ago. And it works!
Here are some things that you can do to treat and avoid dry winter skin.
Avoid Long Hot Baths and Showers
It feels good but, hot showers are just the worst for skin. Especially in the winter. Crank up the heater in your home and use tepid water instead. Once you are out of the shower, gently blot your skin with a towel. Don’t get totally dry though. The droplets left behind counts as extra moisture and in this case, holding on is a good thing.
Switch Up Your Soap Game
Buy a Humidifier
Humidifiers are not just for kids rooms. Use a humidifier to add some moisture back into the air. We have this humidifier and recently I also added this one to our collection after scrolling through way too many pages of reviews on Amazon.com.
Cut Back on Baths and Showers
Seriously. You haven’t misread. A growing number of folks are skipping daily showers in an effort to do better by their skin. Say what? The heat and water strips skin of natural oils and bacteria that keeps skin supple and moisturized. If you decide to skip out on your next shower, try “wiping off” with a cool damp wash cloth or using some cleansing wipes instead.
Of course use this tip wisely. If you work at a construction site or sweat like crazy…umm…yeah.
Use the Right Products
During the winter months is not the time to skimp on quality products. Switch to thicker and heavier moisturizers like this Raw Shea Butter lotion. It’s good stuff and worth every penny. You could also amp up your regular moisturizer by adding some vitamin e oil to the bottle. I usually add a couple good squirts but, use as much or as little as you like.
For hands and feet, slip on some cotton socks or gloves after application of the Aquaphor at bedtime to really lock in the moisture. Don’t forget to reapply moisturizer to your hands as needed after hand washing.
What do you do to treat and or prevent dry winter skin?
Leave your tips in the comments.