If your skin has been exposed to cold, dry winter weather, it can become cracked, dry and itchy. Skin that becomes dry and itchy during cold weather is sometimes called “winter itch.” Winter itch is not usually serious, and can be relieved with items from around the house. If your dry, winter skin becomes unbearably painful, itchy or infected, consult a doctor who can use a prescription medication to soothe your symptoms.
- After a wash or bath, make sure that you apply a good moisturizer. You can make your own moisturizer out of olive oil and coconut water. Mix these two ingredients thoroughly and then apply it to your skin after your shower. This is a very effective winter skin treatment that will help to moisturize your skin and prevent flaking.
- Exfoliate the dead skin on your lips. You can mix a little gram flour, honey and sugar together until the sugar crystals have dissolved slightly. You can then gently scrub your lips with this paste in order to get rid of any dead skin. Make sure that you apply a little petroleum jelly to your lips once you have rinsed your lips as this will work as an effective winter moisturizer that will prevent your lips from drying.
- Usually, we tend to forget the harmful effects of the sun in winter. Keep in mind that the rays of the sun are just as harmful in winter as they are in summer. Make sure you use a good, moisturizing sun screen before getting out of the house.
- Before moisturizing, it is essential to exfoliate all the dead skin. Make a scrub of olive oil, any other oil of your choice, sea salt, and oats. Apply this on your skin, and massage it gently so that you slowly slough off all the dead skin. Soak in a warm bath or rinse yourself after a few minutes.
- Drink plenty of water. Due to the cold, a person may not feel very thirsty in winter, but it is essential not to neglect the body’s need for 8-10 glasses of water per day.
- Use moisturizers that are rich in oil or cream rather than water. These help retain the moisture in the skin much longer than water based ones.
- Cover your skin as much as possible when facing extreme cold and harsh winds. Use gloves, mufflers, scarves, and jackets.
- It is important to remember that very hot water dries the skin. So, as tempting it is to get into a steaming bath this winter, use lukewarm water instead, for the sake of your skin.
- Aloe Vera juice is good for the skin. Drink 1-2 glasses of this juice in a day. Aloe Vera gel can be applied on the face as a good moisturizer too.
Effective home remedy for winter dryness
- Mix one teaspoon of wheat germ oil, one mashed ripe avocado and apply to skin. After 20 minutes, remove with lukewarm water. It is an effective home remedy for winter dryness.
- Apply sesame oil to face and neck. Remove oil and makeup with a soft towel.
- Mix one teaspoon of honey with one teaspoon of milk and apply to the skin. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse of with warm water. It is also a good remedy for winter dryness.
- Mix equal parts of olive, mustard oil and sesame oil and then massage it all over the body.
- Make a paste of one papaya or peach and avacado. Apply to skin. Leave on for at least 20 minutes then rinse with warm water. It is another simple home remedy for winter dryness.
- Massage your skin with an oil before going to bed.
- Use a thick cream moisturiser to seal in as much moisture as possible.
- Don’t forget to apply a sunscreen during the winter also.