Have you ever gone through the cold seasons with incredibly dry skin? Sometimes it’s cracked, sometimes it’s just plain itchy, and sometimes it even bleeds! Ouch! Maybe you should try keeping a few things in mind when the cold hits.
Why Does Skin Get Dry in the Cold?
When fall and winter come rolling around, so do low temperatures, which in turn lowers the humidity, thus creating air that is much drier, and skin that is much drier as well.
Stay Clear of Hand Sanitizers
Most hand sanitizers are filled with alcohol, which can cause dry and itchy skin. Professor of microbiology, Wade Nichols, states that, “That presence of alcohol is problematic because it is a dehydrating agent. What happens is skin dries out and cracks and presents a different surface. The damaged tissue has structures that can be bound by different types of bacteria. This allows bacteria access to deeper tissue and the blood stream.”
Avoid Drying Agents
Avoiding harsh soaps can really help. One good example is the soap Dawn, which was created to specifically cut grease and clean oil, and therefore will definitely rid your skin of your natural oils. Make sure to use gloves when washing dishes, and use hand soaps with moisturizer in them, and always get all of the soap off of your hands, otherwise that is a surefire way to dry your skin.
Get Back the Oil
Our bodies make natural oils, and they make them for a reason. If you take your oils away, you are really going to be hurting this winter. Make sure to put on hand and body lotion frequently. I myself keep a bottle of hand lotion next to my bed so that every night it’s right there, and I can just lather some on before I go to sleep. If you have really dry skin, you can try lathering your hands (and feet if need be) and instead of rubbing in the lotion, cake a nice blanket over the skin, then take disposable gloves and old socks, and put them on before you go to bed. The next day take them off and wipe the lotion away. This is a great way to get the moisturizer to seep into your skin.
Put Chap Stick On
Skin on your hands isn’t the only thing to suffer. Your lips are very sensitive, and they need to be protected as well, especially in the cold seasons. Carrying around chap stick or petroleum jelly is a good idea.