Tips For Taking Care Of Dry Winter Skin

Besides the fact that I am definitely NOT a fan of winter because I hate the cold, another reason that I’m so anti-winter is because it leads to dry winter skin. Itchy, red, irritated, skin. No matter how much lotion I put on myself, I still feel like I have the skin of a snake.

My poor Lila not only gets dry winter skin, but also suffers from eczema.  US News recently reported an increase in eczema cases in children in the US. If you are unfamiliar with eczema, it’s an allergic, chronic skin condition that usually starts in childhood, and causes patches of skin to become dry, inflamed and often intensely itchy. It’s awful, and it gets much worse during the winter months.

So how to take care of that dry winter skin? The good news is that there are lots of (simple) ways to decrease your chances of suffering! Everybody knows that using moisturizers on dry winter skin is essential, but what else can you do? I’ve got some tips…

Tips For Taking Care of Dry Winter Skin

Applying sunscreen is just as important throughout the winter months as it is during summer months. Daily application of sunscreen on the face should never be forgotten; you can buy facial moisturizers with sunscreen in them, and it’s probably the simplest way not to skip the sunscreen. Don’t forget to protect your lips, too! Use lip balm that has at least SPF 30 for best results.

If dry winter skin is a problem for you and your family, I have several simple tips for taking care of it that you can start using today. Don't forget the sunscreen! #OTCSafety
This picture was taken on New Year’s Day 2014, so you can tell that we actually do use sunscreen year round here. Just remember when you are using over-the-counter (OTC ) medications…and that includes sunscreen…it’s always important to read the label to help treat kids with dry skin to always read the label first before applying.

Protect Your Fingers and Tootsies

If dry winter skin is a problem for you and your family, I have several simple tips for taking care of it that you can start using today. Don't forget the sunscreen! #OTCSafety
Whether you are washing dishes in hot water or out in the snow, your hands will be the first to show the signs of miserable dry winter skin. And your feet are right behind (or underneath!) them.

The skin on your hands is thinner than most other body parts and has fewer oil glands, which leads to itchiness and cracking because it’s hard to keep moisture in them. So keep extra moisturizing lotion by the sink in the kitchen and bathroom and in the car. And use it faithfully throughout the day. I LOVE Avon’s Silicone Glove because it is super hydrating and feels silky when you apply it. It immediately softens dry winter skin, and believe it or not, it lasts even after washing your hands! Its price also gets extra bonus points.

As far as your feet go, dry, dead skin is the problem. You’ll need moisturizers that contain petroleum jelly or glycerine. I actually use petroeum jelly every night when I go to bed, and cover my feet with socks to keep it off my bedding. You can also use exfoliants to get dead skin off – add it to a shower once a week.

Use A Humidifier
Nope, not just when the kids are sick, but all winter season. Turning on your heater or space heaters throws a ton of extremely hot, dry air into your home. Humidifiers help get more moisture back into the air, which keeps skin from drying out.

Banish Hot Baths and Showers

Sorry, I know there’s nothing better than a steamy, hot shower when it’s cold outside. But it’s so bad for your skin! All that hot water breaks down the lipid barriers found in your skin and leads to a loss of moisture. No bueno.

If you must have a hot bath or shower, try taking one for a shorter amount of time. And moisturize as soon as you get out!

Use More Moisturizer

My husband despises using moisturizers on his body, and his skin shows it. But I use it religiously and slather it on the kids in ridiculous amounts too. You’ll want to use an oil-based moisturizer because oil creates a protective layer on the skin, which in turn retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. And here’s a helpful hint when you’re shopping for the perfect dry winter skin moisturizer: lotions labeled as “night creams” are usually oil-based. And if all else fails, a lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda can help relieve dry, itchy skin.If you are still suffering, it may be time to see a dermatologist.

If dry winter skin is a problem for you and your family, I have several simple tips for taking care of it that you can start using today. Don't forget the sunscreen! #OTCSafety
My friends at OTC Safety have even more tips for taking care of dry winter skin. Check out their Guide to Winter Skin. For more information about over-the-counter medicine safety, you can check out my posts I’ve written as an OTCsafety Ambassador and follow CHPA on Pinterest for even more.

What tips can you share to take care of dry winter skin? 

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  1. Oh yes, I also turn on the humidifiers and there are some nights I find it effective to warm the entire room without using space heaters! I also make sure to moisturize using avocado or coconut oil during these winter months.