when the skin doesn't retain enough moisture, it becomes dry. taking frequent baths, using harsh soaps, becoming older, or having certain medical conditions can all contribute to this. furthermore, it may be brought on by the chilly, dry winter air for those who live in colder areas.
you might have red, irritated, raw, and rough skin during the colder months in the northern hemisphere. the amount of water in the epidermis, the top layer of skin, tends to mirror the humidity levels in the area. winter dry skin often called winter itch or winter xerosis can be relieved by a number of easy and affordable methods.
most people will eventually need to deal with dry skin, even if they currently do not or have never had to deal with chilly winter air where they reside. all those who struggle with dryness, from chilly countries to tropical countries and elsewhere, can benefit from this advice on maintaining healthy, smooth skin.
keeping moisture in the skin
the first line of defense against dry skin is skin moisturizers, which refresh the uppermost layer of skin cells and lock in the moisture. there are three primary categories of substances in them. ceramide, glycerin, sorbitol, hyaluronic acid, and lecithin are all humectants that aid in drawing in moisture. a different group of components, like petroleum jelly, silicone, lanolin, and mineral oil, aid in sealing that moisture within the skin. emollients like linoleic, linolenic, and lauric acids smooth skin by suffusing the gaps between skin cells.
a moisturizer will typically be much more helpful the heavier and greasier it is. mineral oil and petroleum jelly are some of the most affordable and efficient moisturizers. they should be applied to damp skin after a bath because they don't contain any water and will help to lock in moisture. in various amounts, water and oil are both ingredients in other moisturizers. compared to petroleum jelly or oils, these are less oily and could be more pleasing to the eye.
what can be done to treat dry skin?
listed below are some dry skin remedies that work if used regularly:
- when it's cold outside, use a humidifier. set it at 60 percent or so. this should be enough to rehydrate the skin's top layer.
- just take one shower or bathe for five to ten minutes each day. more frequent bathing could cause the skin to lose moisture by removing a significant portion of its oily layer. use lukewarm water as opposed to hot water, which can remove natural oils.
- use a black soap that is a mild cleanser for the face and body that has been strengthened with a clarifying mixture of botanical extracts to clean the skin, promote skin healing, and give the skin a vibrant glow.
- avoid using bath sponges, scrub brushes, and washcloths to prevent skin damage. use a mild hand if you don't want to completely give them up. the skin should be patted dry with a towel rather than being rubbed, for the same reason.
- following a shower or hand-cleaning, immediately apply refreshed moisturizing body oil. sealing in moisture while your skin is still damp, helps to close the crevices between your skin cells.
- petroleum jelly and thick creams can be made to feel less greasy by first applying a tiny amount to your hands before applying it to the troubled regions. repeat this process until neither your hands nor the troubled areas feel greasy.
- always avoid scratching. the itch can typically be controlled by a moisturizer. to soothe itchiness, you can also apply a cold compress or pack.
- avoid fabric softeners and use washing detergents without fragrances.
- wearing wool and other potentially irritating textiles should be avoided.
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