Dry, itchy skin can be unbearable. It can happen any time during the year, but is most prevalent in winter (hence the term, “winter itch”).
Biting winds, steamy showers, dipping temps, and drying indoor heat — all can suck the life right out of your skin and hair. Here’s some solutions to help you combat winter.
Avocado Face Mask
This classic recipe for dry skin involves only 2 ingredients: avocados and honey which are particularly moisturizing. This mask works well on mature, wrinkled and dry skin. It’s best to use a ripe, fresh, organic avocado. Make sure to mash it up into a creamy pulp. Avocados are also great for deep conditioning dry hair.
Maximize Your Moisturizer
Apply it the right way by clearing away dead skin cells first. They keep moisturizer from sinking in. Buff your face gently twice a week with a jojoba-bead scrub or a mild exfoliant with fruit enzymes. Always smooth lotion on damp skin. You’ve heard it before, but did you know you have a three-minute window for best results? Wait any longer and moisture starts to disappear from skin before you can lock it in.
Use Hand Cream
Soap, water and hand sanitizer are really drying — and people overdose on them during cold and flu season. You need to apply hand cream every time you wash your hands. The most important thing about hand cream is to keep it handy so that you actually use it. Buy a few small tubes to carry in your purse or use at your desk.
Be Mindful Of Your Lips
With all the stuff we put on our lips, lip balm is a moisturizing must that preps the pout for a smooth, even application of lip color. Luckily, lip balm has come a long way from good ol’ Vaseline. From ones that impart gorgeous berry colors to those that offer a whopping SPF 35, there’s no shortage when it comes to the variety of lip balms available.
Drink More Water!
You might not be as thirsty in the winter as you are in the summer months when you’re hot and sweaty. However, you lose water through your skin every day, in any season — even when it’s cold and even if you don’t feel like you’re sweating. This is especially true if you spend a lot of time in dry indoor heat.
Start these good habits today, and keep them going long after winter’s gone to maintain healthy skin all year long.