Winter is here, which also means dry skin is on its way too. Now that indoor heaters are a necessity and the humidity levels drop, painful dry skin conditions, such as eczema and dry, scaly skin can be a problem. Here is how to solve your winter skin issues.
Skip the Soap
If you shower every day, you can skip the soap on your arms and legs. The areas that need soap daily are those that naturally produce more oils, such as underarms, feet, and the groin area. Using soap too often on your arms, legs, and face could be drying them out and making the itchiness even worse.
Treat Dry Skin Like Dandruff
If you have flaky skin around your forehead or nose from the dry weather, you already know that keeping it moisturized seems to do nothing for the flakes. It is better to treat the areas as you would dandruff. It is recommended to use a dandruff shampoo that contains salicylic acid, zinc, tar, or selenium. Use the shampoo on your scalp on the affected areas of your face and body. Gently exfoliate the area with your fingertips, but do not scratch the flakes off.
Keep Hands Hydrated with Coconut Oil
Since it is germ and flu season, many people wash their hands a great deal more. Even the use of hand sanitizer is increased. While these are great ways to stay healthy, they can cause your hands to be extremely dry and even crack. Coconut oil is a great lotion alternative. Just keep a jar by your sink to remember to put a little bit on after every hand wash. Since coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal, it can also help keep the season’s germs away.
Calluses on the feet are common during winter since your feet are hidden in winter boots all day long. The constant rubbing of the boot on the foot can be the culprit of the calluses. To fight calluses, experts recommend using a lotion that also has a high 15 or 20 percent glycolic acid content. This will help moisturize the area and slough off dead skin cells.
Keeping the skin hydrated through the winter means taking measures on the inside and outside. The right lotions can help the outer layer of the skin, but it is also important to hydrate the skin from the inside out. To do this, keep up your water intake and eat hydrating foods, such as healthy fats like avocados.
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