Dry air indoors dehydrates the skin. Temperature extremes contribute to the moisture loss. Before you know it, you’re suffering from the seasonal malady called winter itch. Should you happen to be prone to eczema, it’s likely to be even worse.
So how can you stop itching so much in the wintertime? Moisturizer alone isn’t likely to solve the problem. So let’s discuss the best solutions for curing winter itch.
First, if your skin looks red, dry, and scaly, it may be eczema or atopic dermatitis. In that case, you need to eliminate triggers, not just rehydrate your skin.
Check your environment for allergens. Switch to fragrance-free soaps and lotions. Then be sure to apply plenty of moisturizer throughout the day. Put travel size tubes in your purse, in the car, and so forth.
Next, here are some other tips to heal dry skin. Let’s begin with what you can do right now to feel better in 10 minutes or less.
A the10-minute miracle to fix dry skin
Gather up a poof or a washcloth, moisturizing body wash, and body butter or creamy lotion. Take a brief shower in warm water (not hot) and use the poof to exfoliate your body. Be gentle, but thorough.
Now pat dry and apply the body butter right away. It’s best if your skin is slightly damp.
Can you feel that? That’s right, it’s your skin thanking you for the attention. It’s not itchy anymore.
Go drink a full glass of water and relax. There are still some things left to do. One of the easiest is to fill up and plug in a humidifier. If you can keep your house between 45 to 50% relative humidity, it will do wonders for your skin.
After that, plan a couple of changes to your diet. Eating seafood that’s rich in Omega-3 fat can boost your skin’s ability to retain moisture. And Vitamin D supplements help keep eczema from flaring up.
Look younger in three minutes
If you glance in the mirror right now, will you notice how dry your face looks? Dry skin looks older. But you can turn back the hands of time in three minutes or less.
Wash your face with warm water and your favorite moisturizing cleanser. Blot it dry, then slather on a soothing face moisturizer. You can get bonus points if you apply an anti-aging serum. Repeat this process morning and night.
In summary, it only takes a few minutes each day to stop the winter itch. The time you spend taking care of your body wisely invested. The relief you’ll experience will make it easier for you to focus on the rest of your busy life.