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With the winter season on the horizon, it reminds us of the quality time spent with family and friends. It’s a great time of the year to bust out your inner fashionista or to sit in front of the fireplace and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. However, for many of us, the weather changes bring irritating skin problems that can ruin any holiday festivity. Luckily, many of these common skin problems can be treated with some simple remedies.
It’s refreshing to feel the crisp fresh air against your skin, but it will leave your skin dry. Less humid air can beat up your skin on cold winter days. Your skin may feel tight or itchy, even painfully so at times.
The best way to combat dry skin problems is to pay extra attention to hydration. While the recommended amount of water to drink varies from expert to expert, you should be drinking several glasses of water at least, and it is best if you spread them out through the day.
Go crazy with the moisturizer, too. If your skin feels particularly itchy in one spot, a little bit of lotion can help calm the area.
Snow is not the only white and flaky stuff falling on the ground this winter. Cold and dry air will have you scratching at your scalp all winter long. Flakes and losing strands of hair are clear signs of dandruff. Avoid wearing winter caps that are too tight, and use an anti-dandruff shampoo to soothe your scalp.
You’ll create your blizzard of snowflakes from scratching your dry and cracked skin. Flaky skin is a more severe case of dry skin, so many of the same tips will help. Stay hydrated and moisturize, but on top of that, stay away from things that dry out your skin.
Hot showers may sound like a great idea in the cold winter month, but try to keep them to a minimum. Hot showers actually dry out your skin as do some of the skin products you use regularly. Avoid using toner and exfoliators when you can.
Harsh winds and low temperatures are damaging to your skin. Make sure to use winter accessories like gloves and scarves to protect yourself from the subzero temperatures.
Colder temperatures can cause pesky eczema flare-ups. The most common eczema symptoms red, itchy skin that may crack or blister. No part of your body is exempt from this annoying condition, but areas that are especially susceptible include the hands, neck, knees, and feet.
You can fend off the itches by avoiding long, hot showers and choosing appropriate clothing. Stay away from wool and avoid wearing heavy clothes that lead to overheating. Instead, wear breathable fabrics whenever possible. Look for hand eczema information online to learn more about the causes and symptoms of eczema.
You won’t be kissing anyone under the mistletoe with your cracked and dry lips. You should protect your lips just like any other part of your body before you go out in the cold. Use a lip balm that is ointment-based, and avoid the temptation to lick your lips.
At night, apply lip balm before you go to bed. Because you’re not drinking water during the night and your body temperature is naturally higher, your body loses moisture while you sleep. Use lip balms made from natural oils to maintain your skin’s natural hydration.
Santa will be asking you to guide his sleigh on Christmas Eve if your nose gets any brighter. You can tackle the problem of your stinging red nose by using high-quality tissues when you blow your nose. Lip balm or Vaseline works well on the tender areas of your nose. You can also keep your nostrils clear by using a saline spray.
Seasonal skin conditions may seem inescapable but there are many things you can do to sooth your skin. Prepare your skin for the harsh elements or pay the price later. Your winter season will be more enjoyable with the skin that cooperates.