Cold weather, with its low relative humidity, causes our skin to become dry and flaky. The air is drier, and indoor heating dehydrates the skin even more. The result is winter itch.
Skin health is essential for the appearance and skin functioning as it serves many of the body's essential functions. It protects the body from the numerous viruses and bacteria to which a person is exposed daily, among other things. It also protects against the sun's lethal ultraviolet rays, which can cause cell damage. Healthy skin also allows a person to respond more effectively to significant environmental changes, such as pain or pressure.
So, how do you prevent your skin from getting dry, and what should you do next if you have dry, flaky skin? We are going to cover all of it in this article. So, let's dive in.
Petroleum or cream-based moisturizers are preferable to lotions for normal to dry skin. Choose a moisturizer without fragrance or lanolin if you have sensitive skin. After bathing, apply moisturizer to your damp skin to help trap surface moisture.
- Gently cleanse.
Excessive cleansing depletes the skin's natural moisturizers. It is sufficient to wash your face, hands, feet, and skin folds once a day. While you can rinse your trunk, arms, and legs every day, you do not need to use soap or cleanser on these areas daily.
- Be careful with hot water.
Take short, lukewarm showers or baths with a non-irritating, mild cleanser if you have a "winter itch." Apply a thick cream or petroleum jelly-type moisturizer immediately after. We know hot showers are amazing because they can damage your skin, so it's not worth it.
Dry air can wick moisture away from your skin. Room humidifiers can be beneficial. To reduce mold and fungi, clean the unit and change the water according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Sun protection is non-negotiable.
Remember that the winter sun can also be harmful to your skin. Even in the winter, if you plan to be outside for an extended period, you should use sunscreen with a sun-protection factor of 30 or higher. Overexposure to sunlight can cause premature skin aging and skin cancer.
- Avoid tanning.
Tanning beds and artificial sun lamps are always bad for your skin and increase your chances of skin cancer. To keep your summer glow, use self-tanners with additional moisturizer, as self-tanners can dry out the skin.
- Vitamin D supplements.
Natural vitamin D production increases during the summer due to daily sun exposure but decreases during the winter. Vitamin supplements can help you get the recommended amount of vitamin D all year.
Lastly, consult a dermatologist at any time of the year if you have persistent dry skin, scaling, itching, rashes, or skin growths that bother you. Your skin condition might hint towards something going on in your body. Take professional help.