Dealing With Dry Skin In The Winter

It’s winter and that means many people will be getting dry skin. If you suffer from dry skin on your hands or chapped lips, you know how annoying this can be.

drying hands with paper towel

But what causes your skin to dry up so much in the winter, and more importantly, what can do to prevent it from happening?

Causes

Before you can understand what causes your skin to dry up, you need to understand what keeps your skin moist.

The answer is protective oils.

The oils keep your skin moisturized with water. When the outermost layer of your skin is left with too little water, your skin becomes dry.

The reason why this gets worse in the winter is because humidity levels drop. Additional reasons are heat and hot showers. Both of these make your skin dryer.

Prevention and Treatment

Keeping your skin moist is fairly easy. There are many over-the-counter moisturizers available to choose from. According to Harvard Health Publishing, the thicker and greasier the moisturizer is, the more effective it will generally be.

On another level, make sure to dry your hands well after washing them.

In addition, the Mayo Clinic suggests taking precautions in following areas in order to keep your skin dry.

Water

Keep bathing down to 10 minutes or less and no more than once a day. You should also use warm, not hot, water to keep your skin from drying out.

Chemicals

Cleaning agents have chemicals that can dry up your skin. Wear rubber gloves when handling them (or when immersing your hands in water) to keep your hands moist.

Soap

Soap can remove oils and moisture from your skin. See to use creams, cleansers, and gels that have moisturizers.

Outdoors

It’s cold outside in the winter and it’s also not too humid. Make sure to cover up and protect your skin from the elements.

Do you get dry skin in the winter?

How do you deal with it?

Please share in the comments below.

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