For some of us, dry skin can be a problem all year round. But, we all know that winter time is the worst. There are a lot of things that you can do to help prevent an attack of the itches. One of the most important things that you can do is to moisturize. Let’s say it again, moisturize. That is the word of the day.
In order to accomplish this, invest in a decent moisturizer. You will want to lather it on when you get rid of the dry skin and your skin is still moist. This will provide you with a barrier, so to speak, against the elements and it will lock the moisture into your skin. It is also important to drink lots of water. The eight glasses a day that you should have is not only good for your weight but also great for your skin.
Another way to help prevent dryness is to avoid those long soaks in a hot tub or shower. Heat is bad for your skin because it drains it of the necessary moisture that it needs. If you do soak in the tub, be sure to put lotion on right away when you get out.
You will also want to use a liquid soap that has a moisturizer in it. This is a great way to help your skin to stay soft and smooth and give you that extra moisture. And, if your lips are feeling the harshness of old man winter, get a lotion for your lips. Do not lick them, it is a big no, no.
If you travel, your skin can feel anything but desirable when you get off of the plane. It is important to moisturize before you board and when you get off of the plane. If it is possible, you may want to put on some lotion mid flight. Drink plenty of water during your journey and lay off of the caffeine.
Even after trying all of this and your skin does not seem to cooperate, you could have contact dermatitis. This is your skin’s way of telling you that you need more water.