Dry, itchy skin is a common winter problem. Let’s just say, as the colder months approach, revamping your skin care routine can help prevent discomfort and keep your skin soft and protected all winter long. Everything from indoor heat, bathing too often and harsh soaps contribute to your skin’s dryness and discomfort, so follow our expert tips to treat dry, sensitive skin in a natural and holistic way.
TWO CHICKS TIP: Since dry skin is typically a deficiency in moisture, staying hydrated by drinking lots of water and using a humidifier to add moisture in a dry environment (like your bedroom) can help keep your skin supple.
Choose your soap wisely.
Most soaps and body washes use harsh chemicals and fragrance, which can aggravate dry, sensitive skin. Using a gentle, glycerin based soap helps skin retain moisture and keep it soft. Look for a brand that is either unscented or infused with essential oils to minimize reaction.
Cool your shower.
We know taking a long hot shower on a cold winter day seems like a great idea. However, hot water will strip oil from your skin, leaving you with more dryness than before. Instead take WARM, not HOT, showers and limit them to no longer than 10 minutes.
Make sure to find a moisturizer enriched with oils or glycerin or consider using oil therapy. Oils penetrate deeper into the skin and add a protective layer – we love using olive oil, coconut oil or pomegranate oil. Routine application is key and moisturizing right after the shower, while skin is still slightly damp, will help lock the moisture in.
*La Roche Posay Lipikar Baum LP is amazing for relieving itchiness in dry, sensitive skin