Cold and dry winters can be tough on your skin, especially if you live in a higher elevation or dry climate. Your itchy and flaky winter skin may be screaming for some moisture — but it doesn’t have to. Follow these tips to keep your winter skin healthy and hydrated.
- Use a mild soap that doesn’t have a lot of harsh chemicals. Many natural soaps can be found in any grocery store. They don’t use the harsh chemicals, and they have higher levels of fat and glycerin (gli-ser-in), which are great for your skin.
- Take one shower or bath per day. And when you do, turn the hot water down a little bit. You’ll find that a warm shower won’t dry your skin as quickly as a really hot one.
- Use lotion immediately after bathing, while the pores of your skin are still open. It’s important to look at the ingredients in the lotion and make sure it doesn’t have any alcohol in it.
- Even in winter, it’s important to use sunscreen. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can dry your skin quickly, but it’s easy to protect yourself by using sunscreen with an SPF number higher than 15 (the SPF number is on the front of every bottle of sunscreen).
- Use a humidifier in your home. You can buy one for about $20 in most discount or drug stores. A humidifier is a good way to keep your skin hydrated. It also helps with static electricity in your home.
- Try eating more foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are good fats that are found in fish, nuts, berries and certain oils. When you eat foods that have them, you provide your skin with the oil and fat it needs to stay moist and hydrated.
- Everyone has dead cells on the outer layer of their skin. If you have a lot of them, your skin will itch. By exfoliating (ex-fo-lee-ating), you gently remove those dead skin cells. To do this, you can use a natural sponge or a loofah sponge with mild soap.