How to Combat Dry, Itchy Skin During The Winter

April 13, 2013 by Rani Juliani  
Published in Beauty

How to Combat Dry, Itchy Skin During the Winter.

The dry winter months can be brutal on your skin stripping it of the moisture it needs to stay supple and glowing. Here are a few tips too beat the winter months and cure dry, flaky.

1. Bathe or shower in luke warm water

Be sure that the water is not hot as hot water can dehydrate the skin causing even more dryness. For added benefits while soaking in a tub, add a few drops of olive oil into the bath.

2. Oatmeal bath

Oatmeal has healing and skin soothing qualities. A colloidal oatmeal works wonders for dry, winter-ravished skin. Try products like Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment.

3. Use a moisturizer bar

Use soaps that are infused with moisturizers as opposed to those that are more harsh. Regular soaps contain lye which only further irritates dry skin thus, exacerbating the condition. Go for a classic beauty bar such as Dove, Caress or Olay.

4. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, EXFOLIATE

Your skin continuously generates new skin cells and the older cells slough off at the surface to make way for the new ones at the surface. As we get older, this process slows down and the cells can start to pile up which, in turn, causes the skin to appear dull and dry.

To exfoliate, gently scrub the skin with a salt or sugar scrub such as Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub and The Gingerbread Man by Philosophy to slough dead skin cells and reveal soft, radiant skin underneath.

Keep in mind that it’s possible to over-exfoliate which can also result in dry, irritated skin. Exfoliating no more than 3 times a week should suffice.

5. Moisturize

Add moisturizer to your skin while damp instead of completely dry. Adding moisturizer while your skin is damp helps it retain & maintain moisture all day long. Great natural alternatives to traditional lotions are cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil which also have healing and soothing benefits.

The best way to prevent dry skin is preparation. Keeping the skin moisturized is fairly easy once a routine has been established. Lotions and butters rich in vitamin E and are water based should be added to the skincare regimen. Staying away from lotions and serums that contain alcohol and drink plenty of water can be especially helpful.

Also, using light oils after applying rich, creamy lotions are important as the oil acts as a barrier between the environment and the skin helping the skin to retain the moisture within.

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