The skin thrives in warm and less humid conditions. In these conditions, your skin breathes easily and this way it is able to remain soft, supple and healthy. When winter sets in, these conditions change. The weather gets chilly, windy, and humid. All these conditions are bad for your skin since they make it difficult for your skin to breathe and to remain hydrated. They also bring about dryness and an uncomfortable feel to your skin. Itgets all itchy and irritated, preventing you from going about your activities with ease. The severity of the conditions vary with the skin type with those with sensitive skin having it worse. To make it easy for people to manage the different winter skin conditions, we have highlighted 5 common and their treatments.
- Itchy skin. : During the cold winter months, most people experience some tightness and itch on their skin. To others, the condition is worse as the skin begins to crack and acquire an ashy appearance. Itchy skin is very sensitive and it is prone to breakouts that may introduce germs and bacteria into the skin. Itchy skin results from excessive skin dryness that comes with the temperature drop. External heating at home and at the office is also responsible for skin dryness and subsequent itching. Radiation from the central heating sources has the effect of drying out moisture from the skin and this results in an itchy feel. To avoid getting itchy skin, you should start by keeping indoor heating to a minimum. Inexpensive cosmetic products can also help with this. Use a moisturizer to keep your skin moist, soft and free of itch.
- Winter eczema: Winter eczema is characterized by dry scaly patches on the skin and painful raised bumps. Those with this condition usually experience a severe itchy especially at night. Winter eczema is caused by dry air that results from central indoor heating. It also flares up when someone wears excessive clothing or showers with hot water. You can get some relief from winter eczema by skipping hot baths and using gentle soap when you shower. Moisturizers are also great for treating winter eczema but you should use those that are thick for proper relief.
- Winter rash: This is another problem that pops up every time winter sets in. It is characterized by an irritation and swelling of the skin. It is caused by dry skin and it recurs on a yearly basis if it is not treated properly. When the cold temperatures set in, your skin loses the moisture on its surface as a result of the changing humidity. Taking hot showers and heating up the room escalates the condition further and this results in a rash. You can treat the winter rash with a moisturizer so as to keep your skin soft and hydrated. Petroleum jelly is another item that you can use for some relief. Petroleum jelly acts as a cover that prevents moisture escaping as a result of the harsh conditions.
- Chapped skin: Just because it is cold doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go outside. Work and other commitments still require you to head outside even when the temperatures are prohibitive. Spending time outdoors in the cold weather will give you chapped skin. The skin on your face is the most affected since it is usually not covered up when you are outdoors. Chapped skin is brought about by dehydration as a result of the changing humidity conditions and windburn. The best way to avoid chapped skin is by staying indoors but since this is not possible, your best source of relief is a healing ointment. Apply it on the areas of your skin that are exposed such as your face before heading out.
- Dry skin: Winter features poor humidity and this results in dry skin. Dry skin is very unattractive and this necessitates adopting the best practices to keep your skin hydrated. Use a moisturizer to keep your skin soft and hydrated. Before applying any makeup on your skin, use an oil free foundation for the best results.
Winter conditions are bad for your skin. Without proper care, you may end up with dry and damaged skin. Hopefully, this guide will help you avoid that.