Dry skin is a problem in winter because the cold, dry air does not provide enough moisture for your skin. This can make your skin more dry, itchy, and irritated. Many skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis also get worse in winters. Climate changes and over-exposure to the sun during winters can increase skin dryness. This condition can have a significant impact on your overall comfort level. The signs of dry skin are flaking skin, redness, itching, dry patches, and tight skin.
There are many ways to combat dry skin in winter – from using home remedies to taking supplements. The key is finding the one that works best for you. Let’s see what you can do to manage and deal with dry skin in winter:
- Use moisturizers:
You need to use products that will not irritate or further dry out your skin, as well as those that will nourish your skin without being too greasy. Look for glycerine products, natural oils such as olive oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter. You can even use petroleum jelly or mineral oil, as they tend to keep the skin hydrated for an extended period.
- Use a humidifier:
A humidifier emits moist air into your home or office environment. This can help dry skin during the winter months. The moist air will help to keep your skin hydrated, reduceskin dryness and cracking that you may experience. By adding this device to your room, you add humidity too. The best part of using a humidifier is that it minimizes the risk of skin getting dry and prevents eczema and psoriasis flare-ups.
- Drink up:
Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to compensate for the loss due to the dry and cold climate. You may be dehydrated, especially if you exercise regularly or use central heating for long periods, which will further cause dehydration. This will help keep your skin soft, pliable, and less likely to crack.
- Eat healthily:
Include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and E in your diet to nourish your skin from the inside out. Some good food sources of these nutrients include salmon, walnuts, broccoli, oranges, and strawberries.
- Protect your skin:
When you go outside, protect your skin with a sunscreen rated at least SPF 30. The sun’s rays can be especially harsh in winter and can cause further damage to your skin. Make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours or more if you are sweating or swimming.
- Take a bath:
Adding a few drops of lavender or chamomile oil to your bathtub can help soothe and relax your skin. Epsom salts are also great for dry skin, as they help draw out toxins and impurities from the skin. Adding a small cup of Epsom salts to your bathtub will help improve your skin’s condition.
Exfoliate your skin at least 2-3 times a week using a gentle scrub or a cloth. This will remove any dead skin cells that may be clogging your pores and causing your skin to look dry and dull. This also helps to unveil healthy skin.
- Avoid hot showers:
Hot showers feel good during the cold winter months, but they can be harmful to your skin. Try to take short, lukewarm showers instead of long ones to prevent further drying out of your already dry skin.
- Avoid harsh chemicals:
Avoid harsh soaps, detergents, and other household chemicals on your skin, as they can strip away the natural oils, leading to dryness. If you need to use them, make sure to apply a moisturizer afterward.
- Have an overnight skin regime:
Apply a thick moisturizer to your skin before bed and put on a pair of cotton gloves. This helps the moisturizer to absorb deeper and keep your hands from drying out while you sleep.
- Try Dr Batra’s® Homeopathic HydraFacial:
Dr Batra’s® Homeopathic HydraFacial has the combined goodness of homeopathic ingredients, innovative Korean technology, and a European-made serum. It helps to hydrate and maintain the skin’s elasticity. This treatment has natural ingredients like hibiscus water, aloe vera, allantoin, and shea butter.
- Choose Dr Batra’s®Derma Heal for your skin problems during winters:
Winters can make your eczema and psoriasis worse. But there are many treatments available to soothe your dry, itchy skin with no side-effects. One such skin treatment is Dr Batra’s® Derma Heal. It combines the goodness of UVB light rays and homeopathy to treat skin diseases safely and naturally.
- Seek professional help:
So, these are some tips that you can follow to keep your skin healthy and hydrated during the winter months. Follow them faithfully, and your skin will thank you for it! You can visit your nearest skin clinic for personalized skin treatment.