“Winter Skin” might make your flesh itchy, chapped and cracked but it can also open an entranceway for germs & viruses. Cracked, bleeding skin is an obvious doorway for germs & viruses because it is in a fragile healing state, which can be exasperated with cold air and worsened by washing or bathing in warm to hot water.
One observation of skin is that it is absorbent and can take in what it comes into contact with. If you get poison on your skin for instance, you touch rat bait or get bug spray on your skin, hand washing your hands to get it off is important to keep from an accidental ingestion of poison but it is important to because the skin can absorb the poison. Dry skin can hasten the absorption of what it comes into contact with.
With dry skin and lack of moisture there is loss of a barrier to stop germs & viruses from getting in. Moisture in the skin is a natural barrier, a natural defense that does break down. With the skin’s natural defense receding it’s easier to catch colds & the flu from others who are sick.
A well-moisturized individual who slathers on light creams & lotions that are quickly absorbed into the skin may find themselves escaping getting sick or having a touch of a cold or flu. Heavy moisturizers, which sit on top of the skin may trap germs and cause sickness.
Cheaper priced light creams & lotions will work just about as well as expensive ones and can be switched in alternate use with more expensive ones to save on cost. Use the cheaper priced creams & lotions on one day and then use the more expensive ones the next day and repeat. Using the cheaper priced creams & lotions daily will help when you have to wash your hands often. If you wash your hands often and replenish your moisturizer with an expensive priced cream or lotion chances are the moisturizer won’t be in your skin long enough to do much good before you have to wash it off. The cheaper priced moisturizer will do some good just about as much as the expensive if you are constantly washing your hands. Plus you’ll get more of the cheaper moisturizer because you’ll be able to buy more of it.
Drinking lots of water in the winter will also help to hydrate your skin from the inside out and allow your skin the flexibility to utilize the moisturizers that are slathered on it. If the skin is well hydrated from drinking water it will take less moisturizer because the skin cells will already be plumped and have less room to fill.