Soothing Super Itchy Winter Skin
For some, the worst part of winter isn’t driving in the snow or shoveling the driveway, but it’s warding off the dry and itchy skin that creeps up every year. Does this sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone! In fact, it’s estimated that a stunning 47% of adults suffer from very dry skin and only 28% of adults are aware that they even have dry skin. Surprisingly, the number one symptom that people associate with dry skin is itching (hence the way we grasped your attention with the title of this very article). However, that unbearable winter itch isn’t the only sign of thirsty skin – the other major symptoms of the condition are discolored patches, scaling, cracking, and new or worsened sensitivity.
On top of that, winter is only one of the contributing factors to itchy, cracking winter skin. Other causes include malnutrition, dehydration, repetitive hand washing, long and/or hot showers or baths, indoor heating, improper self-care. Now, knowing this, it’s easy to see why many individuals experience a flare-up in their dry and itchy skin during the winter. If you think about it, it is during the winter months when the heat may be turned on in your home, you may take longer and hotter showers to warm up, and you may be washing your hands more often to prevent getting sick. This common situation alone already has three contributing factors that lead to itchy skin, on top of the cold winter season being in full swing.
Luckily, there are ways to treat and soothe your itch ridden, scaling skin – most of which can be used all year ‘round for ultimate skin health. Read on to learn more about how to provide comfort and care to your suffering skin this winter season.
It seems basic, but clocking in at a full six to eight hours of zzz’s each night can truly make a huge difference in the quality of your skin. While sleeping, the body and all its cells work on overdrive to repair damage and replenish needs.
As much as you may want to scrape, scratch, and scrub those dry and itchy skin patches, doing so will only make the area more vulnerable and for hours, even days, to come.
There are tons of reasons that humidifiers have become a household staple, one of those reasons is because they work! Not only is the air dry in the winter season, but the indoor heat absorbs moisture in the masses. When there’s a humidifier running, it re-implements that much-needed moisture into the air, ultimately benefiting you and your skin.
Practice Good Self-Care
Although applying lotion may seem like a chore at the end of a long day, it’s important to take this time to show your body the attention it needs. Those who are suffering from the winter skin itch would benefit greatly from lotion application at least twice – if not more – per day.