Between the storms in the States and the rain in the UK we are not exactly lacking moisture in the air this year. However, it is still important to make sure our skin does not dry out in these harsh Winter months.
Not to be confused with the 7 year itch (which is a whole different kettle of fish!) Winter Itch is the term used for dry irritated skin during the Winter months. Whoever says they don’t get dry skin in Winter either already has a beauty regime in place or… They’re lying!
Even I get it. In winter my legs become so scaly that snakes would gather around the waterhole spitting venom from sheer jealousy.
Ok, maybe not that bad but bad enough to want to hide them in trousers for 3 months.
Dry Skin. Why So Itchy?
Dry skin is generally caused by something in the environment. Causes can be anything from the dry air to the soap that you use.
There are of course medical reasons for dry irritated skin such as eczema, psoriasis or diabetes. If you have any concerns please see your dermatologist.
The most common causes are dry air and long hot showers.
We all have our heating on in winter, and we would be fools if we turn it off just for the sake of our skin care, but the heat from our radiators and fires dries out the air in our homes.
This dry air sucks all the moisture out of our skin leaving it dry, flaky and itchy. Humidifiers are our friends.
It seems silly that spending a large amount of time immersed in water can actually dry out our skin but it’s true. Hot water strips away the natural oils that keep in moisture.
As much as a long hot bath or shower is relaxing and bone warming in winter, if you suffer from dry skin it is advisable that you cut down the length of time you spend under water.
Moisturiser To The Rescue!
As we just established, too much time in a hot shower can dry out our skin so the solution is to cut our shower short and lather ourselves in oil.
Now, believe it or not, you can actually apply moisturiser wrong as I found out recently.
Most moisturisers replace the natural oils and help to prevent essential water leaving our skin. If you apply moisturiser directly to dry skin it will not work. The oils stop any moisture from getting into your skin keeping it dry and itchy.
For moisturisers to work effectively they need to be applied to damp skin, that way they trap the water inside your skin rehydrating it.
The most effective time to moisturise is after a bath or shower whilst your skin is still wet. Leave the oils to soak into your skin for a couple of minutes and then pat dry with a towel to remove any excess water.
“I don’t have time for that!”
If standing in the bathroom naked for a few minutes sounds like a waste of your valuable time, then why not kill 2 birds with one stone.
Ask your partner to apply and massage the moisturiser into your skin and voila you have just ticked off sexy time with your partner and cleared skin care from your very busy schedule 😉
So to summarise:
For healthy hydrated skin in winter follow these simple steps.
- Cut 10 minutes off your shower/bath time
- Lower the temperature of your bath/shower
- Liberally apply moisturiser after every bath/shower
- Turn down the thermostat on your heating
- Humidifiers are our friends!
Source used : Boots WebMD