15 March 2019
Handy Tips: How to Deal with Dry Skin in the Cold Weather
For those who suffer from extremely dry skin, the colder seasons bring a whole host of problems. Some might experience chronic chapped lips, dry flaky skin on face and other symptoms including dry skin on feet. While these are completely normal, they can be very frustrating for those who experience some discomfort with their symptoms, particularly when they hit the cold air outside. If you’re heading to a frosty country on holiday, or want to know how to how to get rid of dry skin this autumn, what can be done?
1. Limit your hot water use
If you look forward to your long, hot shower at the beginning or the end of the day, this might come as bad news. Regularly using hot water and strong soaps can have a detrimental effect on the sebum in our skin, which means we are more prone to water loss, too. It’s recommended that you keep the water lukewarm and go easy on abrasive luffas and exfoliating scrubs, particularly if you’re struggling with dry patches. If you have eczema-prone skin, then using our Mildly Medicated Soa
p can also help soothe symptoms from exposing dry skin to hot water. If you don’t have a dishwasher, then wearing rubber gloves can also help with dry skin on arms and hands.
2. Use a good moisturiser
Try not to let your symptoms get worse before you start layering on moisturiser in the chillier months. It’s helpful to take preventative measures as the weather gets colder and start keeping your skin well-moisturised. If you’re having a severe outbreak of dry, flaky skin this year, then using a dry skin treatment such as our specially designed Mildly Medicated Dry Skin Cream
will help soothe itchy and uncomfortable dry skin.
"It’s helpful to take preventative measures as the weather gets colder and start keeping your skin well-moisturised."
3. Wrap up warm
This may seem obvious if you’re particularly sensitive to the colder weather, but wrapping up in the colder weather really does help with dry skin patches. It’s always recommended that you wear gloves, and ideally put on moisturiser underneath, preferably one that’s designed as skin care for dry skin. Use a proven skin treatment, such as what we offer at Cuticura,
to help absorb excess moisture, which can also be a problem for problem dry skin. If your lips or dry flaky skin on face are giving you problems, then wrapping up with a chunky scarf and putting on plenty lip balm will also help, as well as using a formulated cream.
4. Invest in a humidifier
While you can’t change the weather (without going on holiday perhaps!), you can help improve the air quality in your own abode. Purchasing a humidifier helps replenish the moisture in the air, helping to counteract the effect of the chilled air outside. It’s even recommended that you keep your bathroom door closed while showering and bathing, as this temporarily traps the steam and humidity.
It’s no secret that cold weather is one of the biggest dry skin causes. It can be hard to motivate yourself to fall into a routine when the colder months approach, which means that some of us inevitably end up suffering from uncomfortable dry skin problems. If you find yourself wondering ‘Why is my skin so dry?’ then it’s worth being strict with yourself and remembering to layer-up, moisturise effectively and limit your hot water use.