In the winter everyone will begin to suffer from itchy, dry skin. Due to the cold winter air, skin tends to dry out more. Along with a few bad habits, winter can be unbearable for your skin. When you find you suffer from dry itchy skin in the winter, Skin & Body Refinery would like to share how you can combat dry itchy skin during this cold season.
Avoid Long Hot Showers or Baths
During the winter nothing is like having a long hot bath or shower. It helps to warm you up on those cold winter days and no one wants a cold shower when it is cold outside. However, as much as people love those long, hot showers, you are dehydrating your skin. You may notice your skin feels dryer and itchier after a hot shower. You do not need to give up your hot shower or baths but do limit your bathing to only ten minutes. Additionally, during the winter, change out your soaps or shower gels and consider using a cleansing oil that is rich in fatty acids, soybean oil or a plant oil. They will help fortify and protect your skins’ natural moisture barriers.
Use a Thicker Moisturizer in Winter
Due to the cold air there is less moisture which contributes to dryer skin conditions. For those with skin that is already naturally dryer, try using a thicker moisturizer. A thicker moisturizer will help seal in your skin’s moisture and quickly repair dry, cracked and flaky skin. You do not need to use a thick moisturizer during the summer as there is more naturally produced moisture. For a thicker moisturizer look for a product that contains hyaluronic acids and glycerin. Depending on how dry your skin is, you may need to use a moisturizer two to three times a day and always after a bath or shower.
How Often Should You Wash Your Face in Winter?
For those who wash their face two times or more each day, during the winter you will want to reduce it to only once a day. The cleanser used for washing your face dries out the skin. The more times you wash your face, the dryer your skin will be. During the winter switch to a cleansing oil and only wash your face once a day and you will have better, healthier skin during the winter.
Is it Good to Exfoliate During Winter?
For those who like to exfoliate their skin regularly, you will want to reduce the amount you exfoliate your skin. Raw and dehydrated skin against an abrasive scrub or peel is not ideal for the overall health of the skin. For those who feel they need skin exfoliation during the winter, it is best to consult with professional med spa professional. They can help monitor you skin health and know when your skin can be exfoliated as well as other needs your skin may have to battle winter dry skin.