We are already in October! It seems like just yesterday it was July. With these later months comes cooler, drier weather. This type of weather can really impact your skin, leaving it flaky and irritated. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, even a well developed year-round skincare routine won’t save your skin when the humidity falls.
Why does your skin get irritated, cracked, and itchy when the air is dry? The moisture in humidity is constantly moisturizing your skin. The biting cold common in northern states can injure your skin if you are outside unprotected for too long. The term “winter itch” comes from this cold, dry weather which can leave your skin rough and itchy.
Other causes of dry skin can be over washing. Yes, too much washing can cause your skin to dry out. Try to avoid overuse of harsh soaps and sanitizers.
Here are some tips to help heal your dry skin
Buy a Humidifier
Winter weather means little humidity in the air. This can not only injure your skin, it can also cause sore throats. Using a humidifier in your home can help add moisture into the air. Don’t let it get too high though, as an excess amount can cause mold.
Remove Dry Flakes
Dry flakes are unsightly for many. To remove them, use a body brush or scrub to get off as much as possible. Try to avoid soap as this could aggravate dry skin. Be sure to use warm, rather than hot water when bathing. Instead, use a natural body scrub to exfoliate. After you shower, dry off gently, and apply a moisturizer.
Protect Your Skin
When venturing outside in cold, dry weather, make sure you are protected. That means wearing gloves, long pants, socks, closed toe shoes, a coat, and a scarf to cover your face. It’s also important to wear lip balm to prevent your lips from drying and cracking.