Avoid dry itchy skin this winter with a few changes around your home and skincare routine.
In this article:
- Prepare Your Home
- Make a New Diet Plan
- Have a Skin Routine
- Short and Warm Showers
- Avoid Using Soap
- Exfoliate Your Body
- Keep Your Skin Hydrated
- Use Lip Balm
- Use Gentle Laundry Detergents
- Wear Gloves and Socks
- Avoid the Sun
Ways to Soothe Dry, Itchy Skin During Winter
1. Prepare Your Home
The air in your home can get very dry during the winter months. Keep a humidifier in your room while you sleep to help prevent dry skin around your face and nose in the morning. You should also keep a humidifier in the room where you spend the most time in.
While you’re keeping warm this winter, avoid staying in front of an open flame or heat source. The exposure can quickly dry your skin. Try to keep the heat low to avoid drying up the air in the room. Cozy up with blankets instead.
2. Make a New Diet Plan
What you eat can greatly affect the health of your skin. An increased intake of foods rich in antioxidants and fatty acids can help prevent dry skin. Try to eat more walnuts, avocados, and salads with olive oil to include more healthy fats in your diet.
Drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated. Avoid or limit your drinking of caffeine and alcohol because their diuretic properties can increase urine output and cause dehydration.
3. Have a Skin Routine
If you don’t have one yet, winter is the perfect time to start. You need to have a skincare routine which can battle the cold and dry months.
Your skin is a lot more sensitive during this time so it may not be the best time to experiment. The safest way to avoid experiencing any skin irritation is to talk to your dermatologist and ask for a recommendation of gentle skincare products.
After finding the products that suit your skin, make sure you follow your routine every day and night. Winter is a time when your skin needs utmost care and attention.
4. Short and Warm Showers
Long hot showers seem like an obvious solution to keep warm during the winter months but they’re also the prime suspect for skin dryness. Hot water strips your skin of its natural essential oils and destroys its natural barrier.
Keep your showers not longer than 10 minutes. Use lukewarm water. Dry yourself by blotting the towel so it’s more gentle on your skin.
5. Avoid Using Soap
Soap can dry your skin easily. Instead of using bar and scented soaps, switch to organic and creamy cleansers. Scented products can trigger sensitive and dry skin to breakout or become irritated. Even after winter, you should avoid products with these ingredients:
- Alpha-hydroxy acid
6. Exfoliate Your Body
Exfoliating your skin can help remedy dry skin. Choose gentle scrubs with mild lactic acid and glycolic ingredients to get rid of the dead skin cells. Another option is to use a wet washcloth as a gentler scrub. Remember to limit your exfoliation to 2-3 times a week.
7. Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Moisturizing parts of your body that are always exposed to the cold air like your face, neck, hands, and, sometimes, feet is a must during winter. Moisturize them straight after you shower. They are more effective when applied right after drying your skin because damp skin has better absorption.
Instead of using moisturizing lotions, use gentle, unscented creams, essential oils, and thick organic ointments. These products are more effective in keeping your skin hydrated and without causing irritation.
Look for moisturizers that contain natural ingredients like Morganna’s Mango Butter. You should look for these ingredients, too:
- Olive oil
- Jojoba oil
- Shea butter
- Mineral oil
- Hyaluronic acid
- Lactic acid
8. Use Lip Balm
Dry cracked lips can lead to painful peeling and scarring. The moment your lips feel dry, apply some lip balm. Bring the lip balm with you wherever you go and use it as much as needed to during these cold months.
9. Use Gentle Laundry Detergents
The harsh detergents on your laundry can also affect your skin. The residues that stick to the clothes rub against the skin when worn. Use hypoallergenic products instead to prevent irritation.
10. Wear Gloves and Socks
Gloves and socks help reduce the friction on the skin whenever you do manual labor or physical exercise, apart from keeping hands and feet warm.
11. Avoid the Sun
The sun’s UV rays continue to be just as harsh during winter. The snow even aggravates its effects by acting as a reflector. To avoid having a sunburn this winter, keep yourself covered and protected. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
Winter-proof your skin with these steps from WebMD:
Winter can be cruel to the skin. Dry itchy skin is prevalent during this season, so you need to stay hydrated and moisturized. Keep in mind that prevention is always better than cure.
How do you avoid dry and itchy skin during winter? Share your winter skincare routine with us in the comments below!