Dealing with dry skin in winter

I think autumn is my favorite time of the year. It’s not too cold, and sometimes a bit warm outside. The nature is slowly changing -like our outfits. It reminds me of spring, but without the hay fever.

I like autumn, because it’s that time of the year where it’s okay to hang at home in my onesie, binge watch Emily in Paris and eat lots of snacks (because I can hide my body in oversized sweaters).

But when the temperature is dropping, and we start preparing for the winter months, my skin is starting to change as well. I don’t know exactly how and when, but all of a sudden I wake up with a dry and flaky skin. And what’s worse, it itches too during the day.

So if you’re (like me) currently dealing with dry skin issues, read more about how you can take extra care of your skin during winter.

Why is your skin dry in winter?

Basically, you get a dry skin when your skin doesn’t retain enough moisture. During the winter, this becomes a bigger problem. The humidity is then low both outdoors and indoors (because of the indoor heating). This has an effect on your skin. It makes it dry, flaky, rough, and it gives a burning sensation. To be honest, I’m dealing with all of these skin problems.

How to keep your skin moisturized?

To avoid dry skin issues, it’s important to keep your skin more hydrated. Drink more water during the day, and use moisture-rich face creams and bodylotions

Besides, there are other things you can do to keep your skin moisturized.

1. Increase the humidity in your house

In the winter, you can use an humidifier. An humidifier increases the humidity in your room, or your whole house. This will prevent a dry skin.

2. Change your shower and bath routine

Shower no longer than 10 minutes. If you shower more than that, you may remove the skin’s oily layer, and thus it loses moisture. Use also luke-warm water instead of hot water.

Minimize your soap usage, and don’t use soap containing alcohol and perfume. Are you taking a bath? Use bath oils instead.

When you’re shaving, use a shaving cream. Before you start, leave it on your skin for a couple of minutes.

Be careful with bath sponges, scrub gloves, and washcloths. They can extra irritate your skin. Still want to use them anyway? Be sure to use a light-touch. This also applies when you dry yourself with a towel.

When you’re ready, moisturize your skin. Because your skin is still damp, the moisturizer will quickly seal in.

3. Don’t scratch!

Believe me, it can be hard not to scratch when it feels itchy. Often I try to ignore the itching, but then I scratch lightly a few times, and eventually scratch myself like crazy.

I use the SKIN HOUSE Aloe Soothing vitamin gel to relieve the itch in my face. The Aloe vera has a cooling effect. But you can achieve the same effects with a cool compress.

Also think carefully about your outfit. Wool, for example, can irritate your skin -a good excuse to skip the ugly Christmas sweater contest. But also be careful with perfumed laundry detergents. This can irritate your skin as well.

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