Skin moisture is genetically based. If your parents suffered with dry skin then you probably inherited the same skin condition. Of course, living in a dry climate contributes to the moisture in the skin. In the winter time, many people find that their dry skin condition escalates to a new level of dryness. Skin becomes flaky, itchy, and chapped.
Often, low humidity adds to skin dryness. Other factors that contribute to dry winter skin include washing with harsh soaps and exposing skin to cold air. Here are a few tips to keep your skin looking healthy during the winter months.
Moisturize Dry Skin
Women complain about that dry wintry skin that gets chapped due to the cold winds. Here is a skin care tip: moisturize frequently. Apply your favorite oil based moisturizer right after you take a bath or shower. This will help to seal in skin moisture. Continue applying moisturizer during the day or whenever your skin feels dry and itchy. Which moisturizer is best? Well, any skin lotion or cream that is thick should work wonders for dry skin during the winter months.
The winter time is the right time to change to a moisturizing or oil based soap. Some women might prefer a body wash with moisturizing ingredients. Those who suffer with very dry skin should take brief showers and baths to lessen drying effects on the skin.
A lot of women go crazy when they discover dry skin patches on their exposed skin. Their first response is to scrub like crazy. Avoid making this mistake. Scrubbing leads to dryer skin that is also red! Instead use gentle movements on the skin with a soft cloth. Moisturize afterwards.
Here is a skin care tip concerning humidity. Purchase a humidifier, vaporizer, or even a pot of boiling water on the stove to help increase humidity in a room.
Avoid Harsh Cleansers
Harsh window cleaners, dish detergents, and other cleaning agents rob the skin of moisture and damage the outer skin. Avoid drying the skin. Always wear a pair of thick vinyl gloves to clean and use natural cleaning alternatives. For example, vinegar and water make a great window cleanser. Make a baking soda paste to cleanse counter tops, stove, and silverware,
Wearing the wrong makeup might leave the skin dry. Select an oil based foundation, blush, and lip product to maintain or add to the moisture in your skin. Never leave the makeup on the skin at the end of the day. This will further damage the skin. Instead, wash off the makeup with a mild makeup cleanser like Burt's Bees Sensitive Skin Cleanser. Rinse the face thoroughly. Blot off the excess water with a soft face towel. Moisturize the face with a heavy oil based moisturizer.
Avoid Alcohol Based Products
Alcohol wipes are very convenient products that many women like to use to remove their makeup or for a quick cleanup. They leave the face feeling squeaky clean. Avoid those products. They rob the skin of precious moisture especially during the winter time. Instead use a mild cleanser or gentle baby wipes with aloe and vitamin e that are gentle on the skin.