Does Your Skin Make You Want to Hibernate in the Winter?
Prepare your Skin for Winter with REnuCELL and these Tips from the Experts
El Niño may mean no more “polar vortex”, which has defined the winter season for many of us these last few years, but it’s not likely to prevent the skin irritations that come with ‘winter itch’. You’re not alone. Many of us (at least those living above the Mason-Dixon line!) experience flaky, itchy skin when the weather gets cold.
Winter itch is a common name for the skin symptom of generalized itching in the winter. It is primarily caused by dry skin and seen commonly in those with a history of eczema, allergies, or asthma. External factors, including cold temperatures, low humidity, and the use of central heat, tend to worsen dry skin during the winter season.
Before Mother Nature cools things down this fall and winter, here are some things you can do to keep your skin feeling as soft and fresh as ever:
- Prepare Your Skin – Getting rid of old skin cells by gently exfoliating with a soft scrub, clearing the way for deeper penetration with a moisturizer. Once your skin is smooth and fresh, apply a thicker, heavier moisturizer like REnuCELL. These products stay in the skin longer, and prevent water from evaporating from your skin
- Clean the Right Way – Long, hot showers may feel like the perfect solution on a sub-zero winter morning, but can cause further damage for dry, itchy skin, drying it out even further. Short, lukewarm baths and showers are recommended, as they help the body retain natural, skin-protecting oils. When you bathe or shower, avoid the use of wash cloths and use a gentile cleanser (scented and anti-bacterial soaps can be harsh, stripping the skin of essential oils)
- Get Your Diet Right – Mixing healthy fatty acids like Omega-3s can be a vital component in the fight against dry, flaky winter skin, as they help make up your skin’s natural, moisture-retaining oil barrier. Not having enough of these essential fats in your diet can worsen already dry, irritated skin and leave it more prone to acne. Be sure to mix Omega-3 vitamins or omega-3-rich foods like walnuts, flax, safflower oil, and cold-water fish into your diet
- Hydrate Your Environment – and Yourself! Dry, indoor air further irritates your winter skin. Keep inside air moist by using a humidifier to increase moisture levels in the home (aim for a moisture level between 40% and 50%). Also be sure to hydrate yourself by drinking lots of water (6-8 glasses per day recommended)
Read More About Winter Itch and Remedies:
- Everything You Need To Know About Winter Skin Care
- How to Care for Problem Skin in the Winter
- Manage Dry Indoor Air this Winter
- 10 Winter Skin Care Tips from WebMD
- Dry Skin: Soothing the Itch in Winter from WebMD
- Fighting the Winter Itch: Skin Care Tips
- How to stop winter from weathering your skin: Top ten tips for preventing ‘winter itch’
- Does dry skin cause winter itch?
- Prevent and Soothe Chapped Winter Hands
- How to Defeat Winter Itch
- Cracked Heels – A Common Winter Skin Problem
- How can I naturally humidify my home?