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Tips To Heal Dry and Itchy Skin
Skin is the largest organ in the human body. Naturally, your skin acts as the first defense mechanism against elements we come in contact with on a daily basis, such as dust, pollution and make-up. Just like everything else, the skin is affected by weather and temperature changes. While we bundle up during the winter, a portion of our skin is not always covered, so it is important to be proactive in taking care of your skin, especially the exposed areas. Keeping your skin hydrated will help with protection and result in balanced, younger looking skin.
During the winter season, temperatures drop, affecting the humidity level. This transition causes our skin to become dry and itchy, which is further exacerbated by the constant heating indoors and cool temperatures outdoors. These changes in climate can make our skin unbalanced and decrease the moisture level. To help keep your skin looking smooth and silky during the harsh, cold weather, here are some helpful tips
1. Use mild soap or a hydrating cleanser to moisturize and cleanse your skin simultaneously to preserve the skin’s natural barrier.
2. Take lukewarm showers with a short duration to prevent over-stripping of skin cells and dryness of your skin.
3. Make sure to use a facial cleanser, and not body soap, on your face. The skin of different areas varies in thickness and cell turn-around times, so choose your soap and cleanser accordingly.
4. Be gentle when cleansing your skin. Using a soft wash cloth or your bare hands in a circular motion is sufficient to remove the dead skin cells. Select a soft towel to dry the skin.
5. Apply creams or lotions immediately after a shower. This is when your skin’s absorption rate is highest and makes it the perfect time to apply moisturizers to help lock in the hydration.
6. Use a stronger moisturizer during the winter season, especially if you also use anti-aging products. These type of products help slough off dead skin cells and speed up new skin cell growth, but also tend to cause dryness and irritation. The extra moisture during winter will help keep your skin nourished and plumped so you can continue to use the anti-aging products.
7. Install a humidifier next to your bed while sleeping. This will help keep the air moist in your bedroom, which will not only help to moisturize your skin, but also your nasal airway to decrease [KP1] nose bleeds that often occur during winter.
8. Don’t forget to protect your lips, hands and neck. Wear lip balms and hand creams in addition to gloves and scarfs. We often pay more attention to our facial skin and forget about our neck and hands. These areas are just as important as facial skin since[KP2] their poor condition can also show pre-mature aging and can give away your age.
It is important to seek professional advice about your skin and visit a skin specialist regularly[KP3] .