How to avoid dry, painful skin in winter
Our skin tends to get drier in the winter, not only because of the cooler air, but also because of central heating, which can cause conditions such as eczema to flare up. Consider turning the thermostat to a lower temperature: 16C-18C is best. If you can, invest in a humidifier, which puts moisture back into the air.
Moisturiser is especially important in winter, so use a richer product than in other seasons - and don't forget your hands. Your lips will benefit from balm. It is also important to minimise exposure to agents that strip the skin of its natural oils. Water - especially hot water - dries the skin, so make sure you're using warm or lukewarm water for baths and showers, as well as washing your hands and doing the dishes, reports Guardian.
Steer clear of alcohol-based skincare products such as cleansers and toners. Try also to avoid bubble bath and opt instead for bath oils. When you're trying to rehydrate your skin, it may seem like a good idea to soak in lots of water. But water can actually make dry skin worse, especially if you use hot, soapy water. Too much washing can strip the protective oils from your skin, leaving it vulnerable to drying.
Keep your baths and showers short - 10 minutes or less - and use warm water rather than hot. Using too much soap or hand sanitizers too often can also cause your skin to dry out. Use soap and hand sanitizers sparingly. Only apply soap when and where you need it, such as under your arms, in your groin area, and on your feet. Choose mild, fragrance-free options that are designed to be less drying.
Skin moisturizers are important weapons in your arsenal for fighting dry skin. The right moisturizers can help you treat and prevent dry skin. There are four basic types of moisturizers that are available without a prescription. Ointment moisturizers tend to trap the most moisture in your skin, but sometimes they can feel greasy. Petroleum jelly (Vaseline) is an example of this type of moisturizer.
Oil moisturizers tend to be less greasy than ointments, but they're still effective at fighting dry skin. Examples include baby oil, mineral oil, and bath oil. Cream moisturizers tend to be more popular than other types of ointments or oils because your skin absorbs them more easily. Examples include hand creams. Lotion moisturizers generally feel the least greasy. But they can be less moisturizing than the other options because of their higher alcohol content. After you wash your skin, pat it dry. Then apply your ointment, oil, cream, or lotion right away. Moisturizing right after washing can help you trap as much moisture as possible in your skin.