It is finally here, the winter season has started, and we all are dreading the chafed lips, cold feet and runny noses we get because of it.
With temperatures dropping; pealing, flaking, cracking, and itchiness is likely to happen. Most of us will battle with this for the next few months while we wait for the winter season to end.
Here are some of the common causes of dry skin:
- Cold air
- Low humidity
- Body washes/soaps
- The temperature in your home
- Hard water
Why is this Happening?
When temperatures drop, so does the humidity, leaving the air dry and cold. Once this happens, your skin struggles to produce enough natural oils to protect it. Moisture then escapes leaving you more vulnerable to dry skin.
However, constant showers and overuses of soaps, body washes, and face cleansers can be the source of this too.
If you weren’t aware, soaps and cleansers are known to strip away oils and debris to clean your skin of impurities. It’s always important to follow up with a moisturizer after for hydration.
How can we prevent this?
Now that you understand some of the potential underlying causes of dry skin let’s talk about ways you can treat it or prevent it this winter season.
1.) Stay hydrated
The best thing you can do for yourself is to stay hydrated, not only for keeping your skin healthy but your body too. Water is essential when it comes to skin health. It maintains a balance in your pH levels to support healthy skin growth. Not only does it help with levels of pH, but also removing toxins – (even harmful ones) that may be the cause of your flaky skin.
Depending on your gender, adult males should consume at least 13 cups of water daily, and women, at least 9. Children should drink between 5 to 8 cups depending on age.
2.) Use the right skincare products
Did you know using the right products on your skin can improve the odds of less cracking and flaking?
It’s best to use skin care products that are made for sensitive skin and don’t contain antibacterial additives and are fragrance-free. Certain lotions, face masks, and hydrating soaps can definitely help in relieving your dryness if they contain natural ingredients or are gentle on the skin.
Here are a few natural alternatives you could use that help and may have in your home:
- Coconut Butter
- Shea Butter
- Olive Oil
3.) Don’t shower or bathe in hot water
Using hot water during your shower or bath will cause more harm than good. Hot water inflames the skin causing irritation, skin redness, and sometimes peeling. When this happens, your surface is exposed, and your natural oils (and everything that helps keep your skin healthy) are getting wiped away.
Instead, opt for a warm shower instead. Doing this will improve your odds of keeping the skin naturally moisturized and healthy.
Sometimes limiting your shower or bath time between 5 to 10 minutes could be a good thing. Not only does it save on your utility bill but, will stop your fingertips from pruning up like a raisin.
4.) Use a humidifier
Using a humidifier can be a great option. It works by vaporizing the dry air which can aide in dry skin relief. It’s also an excellent lubricant for your mouth, eyes, and nasal passages. Make sure you fill up the container with distilled water to avoid any bacterial growth or mineral buildups inside the machine. After that, place it in the room you will spend the most time in and set the dial between 45% to 55%. This is recommended by The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.
5.) Wear the right clothing
Having dry, raw, skin can be very irritating and uncomfortable. Wearing the proper clothing plays a significant role in protecting those areas when you go outside or have errands to run.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends you wear the appropriate gloves and attire before going outside during the winter. Doing so will help protect different parts of your body from being exposed to the harsh conditions outside.
Here are other reasons why wearing the right clothes during the winter is essential:
- Avoid catching colds
- Staying warm
- Protecting yourself from cold burns
Wrapping things up
Having dry skin can be annoying, but ensuring you are properly taking care of yourself can avoid struggling with the consequences of the cold winter season. Hopefully, after reading these tips, you can find the solution to your skin’s sensitivity and discomfort and ways to treat it. Be sure also to check out the links sourced for more information on the topics above.