How to Prevent Dry Winter Skin

blogDo you suffer from chapped, itchy, flaky winter skin? If so, you know how uncomfortable and even painful it can be. If you happen to have other skin issues like eczema or psoriasis, the cold temps dry indoor air of fall and winter can only worsen those conditions.

While most of us can’t spend our winters on a tropical island – digging our toes in the sand while awaiting spring’s arrival – we can ward off dry winter skin with a few simple and natural preventive measures.

Keep a healthy level of humidity in your home.

As outside temps fall and home heating systems clank on, indoor humidity levels also begin to drop. And while too much moisture inside a home can cause mold, mildew and respiratory issues, overly dry air isn’t healthy, either. The idea is to keep indoor relative humidity around 40% to help your skin retain its moisture.

Moisturize wisely.

Some lotions claim to replenish and seal in skin’s moisture. But many of the fragrances and ingredients used for that purpose actually produce the opposite result.  Accordingly, avoid heavily scented moisturizers, body washes, and soaps. Instead, purchase lotions with natural oils that help to restore your skin’s natural oils without clogging pores.

Hydrate your body from within.

Staying hydrated is important, no matter what the season. So make sure to belt back those eight glasses of water every day.  At the same time, eat foods high in omega 3 and 6 to keep your skin, hair, and nails looking healthy and young.

Skip the long, hot bath.

As luxurious as it might feel to sink down into a nice, hot bath, hot water will only further dry out your skin. Shorter showers and baths are better for your skin.  During your bath or shower, gently pat your skin dry, never scrub. Finally, while your skin is still slightly damp, apply a good moisturizer all over, paying special attention to those problem areas like elbows, knees, and feet.

Air Professionals can help too by installing a whole-house humidifier, one that will work hand-in-hand with your heating system to help moisturize your home all season long.  Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free in-home quote.