For many the cold winter temperatures mean the beginning of cracked dry skin which can be itchy and even painful. With winter just beginning we thought an article of tips on how to nourish and protect your skin during the cold winter months was in order.
If you have to heat your home this winter be it with gas, wood, or an electric heater chances are you’ll suffer from dry skin to some extent. This can come in the form of dry cracked skin on the hands that can be as painful as cuts, cracked dry feet, dry lips and facial skin, and even itchy dry sides. As the weather changes so should your skin care regimen to protect yourself from it.
1. Hydrate Yourself
Drink plenty of water. Chances are if your skin is showing signs of dryness your body needs more water to hydrate yourself during the cold dry weather and indoor heat. Drink more water to nourish your skin from within.
2. Protect Yourself
Wear gloves to protect your hands and warm winter clothing when outside. The cold temps can literally take the moisture right out of your hands where the skin is thinner than on other parts of the body. This can lead to dry skin and even painful cracking and bleeding.
3. Moisturize Yourself
Use a good moisturizer during the winter, slightly oily moisturizers can work better in the winter than water based moisturizers. Treat your skin and especially any areas that get dry like your hands and feet to regular moisturizing treatments as often as it takes to keep your skin nourished. We recommend applying within minutes of getting out of the shower and reapplying at least a few times a day.
4. Avoid Hot Showers and Baths
When it’s cold out it’s very tempting to take hotter showers and baths but the hot water can cause your skin to dry out even faster. Use lukewarm water and avoid overly hot showers to protect your skin.
5. Use A Humidifier
A humidifier in the room or area of the home that you spend a lot of time in can make a world of difference and can also save you on your utility bills by making it feel warmer since the air isn’t so dry. A cheaper alternative is a bowl of water or two near a heat source, the water will evaporate and humidify the room.
6. Use Sunscreen
Just because it might be cloudier and cold outside doesn’t mean that your skin can’t be harmed by the rays of the sun because it can. Use sunscreen on your face and hands if they’re exposed. We recommend a mineral based sunscreen. If you dislike the chalky texture of mineral based sunscreens try mixing it with some lotion.
If you do find yourself with rough, dry or cracked, skin this winter try some of our Extreme Dry Cracked Skin Repair Cream which you can purchase in our online store. It can take your rough dry skin and turn it into soft smooth skin. Comes in an extra large 15oz jar.