Aside from the coldness during winter, it can also mean dry skin and winter itch. Have you noticed as you scratch the flakes are getting off? This can be irritating while you brave the freezing point. Dryness is the result of lack of water in the skin. Here are some remedies to keep the skin from drying and avoid the itching:
- Dr. Hillard Pearlstein, M.D a dermatology professor at the Mt.Sinai School of Medicine, recommends soaking yourself for fifteen minutes on a lukewarm water is better than bathing using hot water on the shower.
- Moisturizing after bath is very important to help keep the water in the skin and preventing it from drying. Make sure that you moisturize immediately after you dampen the towel into your skin, it holds the water before it gets dry again.
- Petroleum jelly is an excellent lubricant to skin or vegetables oils are effective such as sunflower oil and peanut oil.
- Select your soap as some soaps with high chemicals can increase dryness of skin. Avoid strong soaps and prefer the superfatted soaps like Dove and Neutrogena. These type of soaps contains extra fatty substances like cold cream, cocoa butter,coconut oil, or lanolin that helps the skin moisturized. Using soap often is not also advisable, the more exposed to soap the more prone to dryness.
- The wonders of Oatmeal can help soothe skin. Use it for bathing by pouring at least 2 cups of colloidal oatmeal into a tub of lukewarm water.
- Turn down the heater's thermostat. If the skin gets too much heat, it is more likely to be itchy. Use a humidifier on bedside or use a heavy duty humidifier for the whole house to make the atmosphere cooler.