It is nearly March and the weather is finally starting to improve, but does your skin still feel trapped in the dryness of December? Here is some information about beating winter itch and springing into soft, seductive skin this season:
Winter Skin Woes: Why?
You are not imagining that itchy sensation that seems to creeps up on you every year after the last of Autumn leaves fall. Winter itch is typically physiologically related to the dryness that exists during the winter season and can be attributed to a combination of low humidity, harsh winter winds, and dryness related to indoor heating.
Bathing: Avoiding common missteps
Although the dipping temperature may have us craving long hot showers, think twice before you turn that shower dial far left. Hot water tends to dry out skin. Lukewarm baths and showers are preferable. In addition, limit soap use to areas where you feel soap is necessary only-do not lather soap throughout body as this can strip the body of its natural hydrating oils. Limit your soap selection to mild soaps without strong fragrance or harsh ingredients.
Make sure that you moisturize your skin after bathing. This helps lock in the water from your shower. In general, creams are more moisturizing than lotions. Ointments, such as petroleum jelly, are even more ideal if the slimy feeling does not bother you.
Nourish your body
Although drinking your recommended 8 glasses of water may seem more relevant in the hot summer months, remember to keep hydrated during the dry winter months as well. In addition, purchasing an indoor humidifier can help keep the air in your home at a comfortable moisture level for your skin.