In light of the recent winter weather we’ve had here in North Carolina, let’s address an issue that tends to be the worst this time of year. It is fairly common to develop dry, itchy skin over the winter months due to a lack of humidity in the air combined with the constant dry heat from furnaces that keep our houses, offices, and vehicles warm. It tends to get worse as we age, because our skin looses moisture naturally. There are plenty of ways to prevent and treat dry skin, so you’re not just counting down the days until Spring!
- To prevent dry skin, be sure to be diligent with the lotion. especially following a bath or shower.
- Speaking of bathing, although a hot shower may feel really good after being out in the cold, the hot water is not the best thing for your dry skin. Hot water sucks the moisture out of your skin, so keep the temperature warm, but not too hot, to avoid this.
- A great moisturizing tip is to rub sesame or coconut oil all over your skin before toweling off. Be careful with the bottoms of the feet to avoid slipping!
- Eat a diet rich in healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado, eggs, and fish, for healthy, supple skin.
- Use a humidifier, which will also help with general stuffiness and respiratory issues that tend to be worst in the wintertime.
- Drink plenty of water! It may slip your mind in the winter to drink water because it’s cold out, but hydration is very important for skin health, among many other health reasons!
- While hand washing is a great way to prevent the spread of illness, it could lead to especially dry, cracked hands. Again, avoid using very hot water, and make sure you are using a mild soap. Also, dry hands thoroughly and apply a lotion as soon as possible.
Instead of suffering with dry, flaky, chapped or cracked skin, be proactive and use these tips to avoid the discomfort so you can get out there and enjoy the winter weather while it lasts!