It doesn’t seem to matter how often I use lotion, or whether it’s the scented stuff or the “extra intense” formula, during the winter I often end up with skin so dry I feel like that alligator in the moisturizer commercials on TV. So, for those of us who could use some pointers, here are some general but effective tips on dealing with and preventing dry skin this winter:
Try minimizing the time you take in the shower and when washing your hands, and try using more lukewarm water than hot. Hot water strips your skin of the natural oils that keep it supple, so reducing exposure should make a difference. And use moisturizer as quickly as possible after showering or washing your hands — preferably while your skin is still a little damp so you can lock in that precious moisture.
Hydrate from the inside out by drinking more water! Need I say more?
Consider getting a humidifier. Colder air is naturally less humid — add indoor artificial heating and things only get worse.
Finally, if you’re still battling with dry, itchy, or flaky skin consider that it may be a product you’re using or even something in your diet. Try switching soaps or moisturizers to something milder, and consider the fact that what you eat can have a huge impact on how healthy your skin is.
Bye bye alligator skin!
Author by Rigel Gregg