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Winter brings holidays, building snowmen, sledding, hot chocolate, sitting by a fireplace, and the dreaded "winter itch". Winter itch (dry skin) can not only be annoying but it can also be painful for some. We need to take extra special care of our skin in the winter to avoid this. The first step is to educate ourselves. Having a daughter with eczema and being a cosmetologist, I have researched this thoroughly and I want to share everything I know with you. Dry skin is caused by;
- lack of water
- taking hot showers
- having the heat on in the house
- using a deodorant soap or cleanser
To help prevent winter itch;
- Leave a pan or glass of water out in your house to add moisture in the air
- Use a humidifier
- Drink lots of water to hydrate from the inside out
- Use a moisturizing cleanser
- Take lukewarm showers not lasting more than 15 minutes
- Apply a moisturizer immediately after shower, while the skin is still wet
- Do not scratch your skin if itchy, this causes more damage. Place a cool cloth on the itchy area to sooth the itch
- Use an organic sugar scrub 2-3 times per week. The sugar will gently exfoliate dead skin cells while the medicinal oils penetrate into the skin to help the healing process, as well as, adding much needed moisture.
In the winter the air is dry, evaporating the moisture on our skin. The hotter the shower, the more water we take out of our skin. When we turn the heat on in the house, it drys out the air around us and the water from our skin evaporates easily, leaving our skin dry. Do you have another tip? Please share with me! For additional answers and tips come by RachelFerrucci and check us out!