Winters are all about a cup of hot chocolate/hot coffee, a warm blanket, and rest can all fade away. It is all the warm and hot stuff during winters that make us like the season, although there are people who hate the season due to how they have to keep piling up in clothes. But there are demerits of the weather too.
The freezing temperature outside can affect your health in many ways, most of the time your skin. What is most affected by this cold season is our skin that turns red and flakier due to a drop in temperatures, and the skin guard that protects the outer layer becomes dry and dull.
The cold air outside, the dry heat from heaters inside, and air with low humidity levels cause your skin to shrink and become dehydrated. The soft humid air and the cold winds are responsible for soaking up all your skin’s natural oil and moisture, making it dry, itchy, and flaky.
Suppose your skin feels itchy all the time. In that case, there are red marks or rashes due to consistent itching, if the texture of your skin feels extremely dry, cracks are appearing on your skin, and it burns; it is a sign that you need a proper routine to hydrate your skin and moisturize it to regain the essential oils and bring back the radiating flow.
Tips for managing Dry winter Skin
Here are some tips and tricks that could help you make your skin better and improved from the otherwise dry and itchy version of your skin.
Consider making your skincare routine less complicated.
Most of the time, using skincare products, especially those that are more irritating on your skin during winters, is why your skin feels dry during the winter season. It is necessary to consider a simple skincare routine that is less harmful to your skin.
There are skincare products that contain alcohol, which feels especially harsh and itchy during winters, but at the same time, these products feel relaxing during another season. It is significant proof that you switch to a simple moisturizer and sunscreen during the day and a cleanser and moisturizer at night.
To make these skincare routine work and feel less irritating on your skin, your skin’s moisture layer must be strong enough for tolerating these products and make it work so that there is no dryness or flakiness over the skin layers.
Remember to moisturizer your skin properly
whenever you wash your hands, you are stripping your skin’s natural oils that help keeps the moisture locked in the skin cells. So how do you bring them back? That is what moisturizers help you restoring the oil synthetically and keeping your body soft and hydrated.
Consider keeping a bottle of moisturizer closer to your handwashing basin, which would remind you to wash up your hands, clean them and apply moisturizer to help to restore oils and moisture to your skin.
Go for a warm shower at the end of the day.
A hot bath after a long cold day feels relaxing and is suitable for your skin, but remember to not go for boiling water s it could move out all your skin’s oil and moisture very quickly and much faster than warm water does.
Clean the body after bathing by patting the towel over the body rather than rubbing it vigorously. Go light on your body to not feel irritated or turns even drier than it already was during cold weather.
Make use of Sunscreen regularly.
Yes, winter mornings cut off the strong sunlight making you even colder than it already is, but this does not mean that using sunscreen is not mandatory. Whatever amount of the sun is peeping through your window or the corners of your terrace, it could harm the layers and moisture content of your skin.
Applying a thin layer of sunscreen after you moisturize your skin is essential. Sunscreen protects your skin from whatever UV lights fall upon on the skin barrier layer. Hence, applying moisturizer daily is vital.
Use Occlusives skincare products.
Occlusive skincare products such as shea butter, jojoba oil, cocoa butter as ingredients in any of the moisturizers you buy help you locate down the moisture by providing a physical barrier over the skin.
Occlusive skincare products work better than emollients to heal dry skin and improve it from the itching and redness over consistent itching or burning sensation. You can apply these products twice a day for better results.
Wear Good Quality Fabrics & Wear Gloves
The right quality fabric is necessary considering the skin problems you have, especially people with extra dry skin or skin problems like eczema. Harsh clothes with cheap wool fabric could cause scratches on your skin, making it uncomfortable to wear them.
Cheap quality fabrics are usually very harsh on your body and make you feel uncomfortable. It will help if you prefer wearing loose clothes that are comfortable, soft, and warm over you. Try covering your hands with the dry and cold air outside as well as consistently getting in touch with hot water while washing dishes.
Silicon and woolen gloves must be kept in handy for protecting your hands from all the harsh environmental conditions. Sometimes, it is also necessary to wisely choose your washing detergents and avoid wearing clothes soaked in detergents because, at times, your skin could react to chemicals these detergents are made up of.
Keep yourself more Hydrated.
Hydrating yourself with enough fluids inside your body helps make your skin look better and less dry. In winters, we are used to drinking less water due to less sweating as we feel cold and stay indoors.
But it is equally necessary to consume more fluids and get more antioxidants from foods to keep your health and skin health perfect and fit during the winter months.
All these tips above make sure to keep you going through the winter months and helps you get rid of dry, dull, and itchy skin.