How to Cure Dry Skin in Winter
While winter brings to mind nostalgic visions of snowy weather and holiday celebrations, this season also can cause problems. Cold, dry air can wreak havoc on your skin, drying it out and causing painful cracks. Though the colder temperatures aren’t on your side, you can cure your dry skin. To win this battle, take steps to help restore--and maintain--your skin's moisture.
Buy a humidifier for your home to prevent the air from becoming too dry. Keep a humidifier in your bedroom to keep your skin from drying out while you sleep.
Bathe only once every 24 hours, as water can eliminate oils in your skin that help protect it from drying out. Don't use hot water, which can make your dry skin worse. Shower or bathe in lukewarm water for no more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Use a mild moisturizing soap. Avoid scented soaps and body washes that contain alcohols or harsh chemicals. Pat yourself dry after bathing with a soft towel. Do not rub your skin with the towel--this will only irritate it.
Dress for the weather when you go outside. Protect your skin from the cold air. Wear gloves, a scarf and a thick coat to shield your body from the cold.
Apply a moisturizing lotion to your skin routinely, especially after you bathe, to help replenish the moisture. Reapply the lotion to your skin as needed throughout the day and right before you go to bed at night. Use a moisturizing lip balm to keep your lips from drying out.
Keep the air in your home cool. Warmer temperatures dilate your blood vessels and can lead to itching, along with the temptation to scratch. Wear clothes made from soft materials that won’t scratch and irritate your skin. Keep yourself from becoming too cold by wrapping up with a soft blanket.
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