Winter skin care: Here’s how you can avoid dry skin

Posted by Pradeep Maurya on

    Dry skin is more commonly seen in the colder months of the year. It is a result of the low humidity atmosphere that’s created when there is cold air outdoors and warm air inside. Skin loses its moisture and develops cracks on the surface. There are several other reasons for dry skin such as vitamin deficiencies, using harsh soaps, sunburn, reaction to medications or allergies.
    Dry skin is usually very itchy and itching can lead to bleeding as well. Fortunately, there are some simple steps that you can follow to soothe dry skin and also restore it to its original state.
    Here are some tips you can follow that will help:

    1. Avoid hot water baths

    Warm water is recommended as it helps soothe the itchiness and moisturize the skin. Hot water, on the other hand, dries the skin faster and strips the skin off of its naturals oils. Our bodies need that layer of natural oils because it helps trap the moisture in our skin. Really long showers with hot water can also contribute to dry skin.

    2. Use natural oils or moisturizers

    After your bath, you should pat dry your skin and apply some kind of moisturizer. It helps to trap the moisture in. But try to avoid lotions and creams with too many chemicals or scented products. They can sometimes do more harm than good. Instead, you can use products like petroleum jelly. Natural oils such as coconut oil, olive oil are some of the best moisturizers.

    3. Use lip balm

    Our lip is one of the most delicate skin surfaces in your body. The skin on our lips have no sebaceous glands so it cannot produce moisture or oils. It also lacks melanin, making it vulnerable to the sun. Thus, using lip balm is an important step in skin care that you cannot skip at any cost.

    4. Use gentle products for your skin

    Using scented products for your skin tends to harm the skin a lot. Products with antibacterial additives are also very harsh on the skin. Gentle soaps that are free of any strong chemicals are a good option.
    Avoiding or limiting the use of toners, peels and other astringents is also a good idea since they contain alcohol which tends to dry the skin very quickly.
    Ceramides are fatty molecules in our skin that form the barrier and retain the moisture. There are some skin care products and lotions that include synthetic ceramides to replace those that we lose with old age.

    5. Cover up

    In summers, sun damage contributes to many skin problems such as sunburn, dryness, wrinkles, etc. Using a sunscreen throughout the year is a good practice to avoid damage by the sun. You also need to cover up and avoid exposure to the sun for prolonged hours.
    Even in winters, low humidity and dry winds contribute to dry and flaky skin. A good solution to this is to cover up in layers. Covering up prevents the dry air from harming your skin and the layers help trap the air inside so that you don’t feel cold.

    6. Humidify

    Cold and dry air is one of the major contributing factors that harm your skin. In winters, the moisture content in the air is comparatively low and it causes low humidity atmosphere. To replenish that lost moisture, you can use a humidifier for your home.
    Apart from these tips, there are many home remedies that you can use to heal dry skin. If it doesn’t heal, then it may be the result of some pathological skin problem such as psoriasis and eczema. These conditions need proper treatment and consultation from doctors. If you or any of your family members are looking for good doctors to get a consultation, you may find for one using our Doctor Locator or you can contact us and we’ll put you in touch with an expert near you.

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