Dry skin is very common during the winter months. Many people complain that they feel like their skin is on fire and itches all winter. Some people even get a condition called psoriasis. This is where the skin becomes so dry that is can crack and/or bleed. This is why properly caring for your skin in the winter is so important. Here are a couple things that you need to know to protect your skin during the winter.
1. Keep the Humidifier On
Many doctors will tell you to keep a humidifier in the house going all day for your sinuses. The humidifier can keep your nose clear and protect you from getting a cold, the flu, or a sinus infection. But a humidifier can do so much more good. It is also great for your skin.
Many times the reason you are having such a hard time with your skin is that the winter produces such dry air. Going outside can make your skin crack. This is why the house should be moist and warm. If you cannot get the whole house humid, at least put a humidifier in your room at night and sleep with the door shut so that it will trap in all the moisture.
2. Use an Oil Based Lotion
Lotions with lots of perfumes can dry your skin out more. Although they might feel nice to put on, they are not the best for your skin. Instead, you should be using special lotions that are oil based. In fact, you can even go as far as putting massage oil on your skin. This will help to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.
3. Wear Sunscreen
Just because it is cold outside doesn't mean that you can't get sunburn. The sun will dry out your skin just as much as the cold air will. For this reason, you should always have sunscreen on any exposed skin; this is especially the case for your face.
4. Pat Dry Your Skin After A Shower
Rubbing your skin with a towel after you get out of the shower will remove the healthy oil from your skin. In order to keep your skin hydrated you need to keep those natural oils. If possible you should try and air-dry your body. If you don't have the time for that, than only pat dry with a towel. This will keep your skin moist.
By doing these simple things you can avoid getting itchy, dry skin in the winter. For more information, contact J Kent Bartruff MD PA or a similar dental professional.