Treat and prevent dry winter skin.
'Tis the season for lots of things, unfortunately dry, itchy skin can be one of them. The weather change and different outdoor activities such as skiing can have a negative affect on our skin. Low humidity in the air and indoor heat increase transepidermal water loss which is a fancy way of saying dehydration. Through osmosis, water from the skin leaves the epidermal surface into the dry air. This results in tight, flaky, rough-textured skin that can also suffer from itchiness, redness, stinging and other discomforts. Exposure to cold winds and dry air can also damage the barrier function lipids, when functioning properly the barrier function lipids keep water from leaving the skin and irritants from entering. Winter is inevitable, especially in the northeast so follow these tips to help stay nice and soft.
*Adequate hydration is essential for healthy, functional skin. So drink lots of water and apply moisturizer at least twice a day during the colder months.
*Avoid heavily foaming cleansers, soaps, and other bath products, they tend to strip the skin of essential oils. Also avoid fragrance.
*Don't bathe more than once a day if able. Stick to lukewarm water, hot water strips lipids and inflames already irritated skin.
* Light exfoliation is good to do twice a week to help if you experience subtle flaking.
*Apply moisturizer immediately after a bath or shower while the skin is still damp it helps trap moisture.
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