Dry skin is horrible to deal with at the best of times, but there really is something different about dry skin in the winter months, hence the name “Winter Itch”.
You know the symptoms, red, flaky, and dry skin that you scratch till you bleed!
The primary difference with just regular dry skin, is that we are having to deal with extreme cold weather, (especially if you live in Manitoba!) and then going in to our heated homes.
For people who have an existing skin condition, such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, or dandruff, winter weather can make it even worse. It’s actually the only time of year that I have to deal with eczema.
The dry air that we are dealing with, actually pulls a lot of the moisture out of our skin. Think about when you go somewhere hot and then come back to the cold weather, instant prune! So the trick is adding moisture and keeping that moisture locked in!
Here are some suggestions to help you manage:
- Adding a humidifier is helpful of course, as this will put some moisture back into the air in your home. Also, lower the thermostat.
- Limit bathing, (add sponge baths instead,) and as good as it may feel, cut out the long, hot showers!
- Exfoliate! Use either, or even better both, a body brush and body scrubs (we stock both).
- Be careful of what your washing your skin with, conventional soap can be very drying.
- Lock in the moisture by using products that contain quality oils and ingredients.
- Pat your skin dry, don’t rub, and then add moisturizer immediately to lock it in.
- Drink liquids! keep yourself hydrated from the inside/out.
- Protect your skin when going out by covering it well.
A couple of my local suppliers have also offered the following information:
Kim from Virgina’s Soap Deli:
Why? Because true or handmade soap is different than a detergent based soap.
Try a bar and you will see, handmade true soap, offers many unique benefits for your skin.”
Lana from Made For Skin had this to offer:
“Using moisturizers with quality oils – such as Hemp Seed, Avocado, Grapeseed and JoJoba, are great at moisturizing the skin during the winter months. The cold-pressed oils in our lotions like the Total Body Butter and our Hand and Body Lotion work to absorb, moisturize and heal. Hands and Feet benefit from moisturizers with Bee’s Wax to add a protective barrier (like the Natural Skin Balm).
Moisturizing with Total Body Butter when your fresh out of a warm bath, or shower is great because it soaks in and leaves a silky, soft feel and it stays with you all day long”.
About Total Body Butter:
Do your hands feel like there is no hope? What about cracked heels? This is a perfect remedy for those areas that never seem to heal. Our natural skin balm can be used for hands, feet, and elbows. It also works wonderfully as a stretch mark cream, gardener’s hand cream and as a winter heavy duty skin barrier.
***Created from a Doctor’s formula that has worked for over 60 years. Created, tested and worked in Winnipeg Winters!***”