Even when it isn’t dead-of-winter-freezing or desert-level dry, we all want our skin just a little softer, more supple, and plumped with moisture. Winter’s low humidity and harsh conditions can do a number on your skin, leaving it flaky, itchy, and dry as a bone.  Creating a routine that builds in hydration is the way to battle the cycle of persistent dry spots that you then try to treat as they arise. Instead, keep your skin fully hydrated and healthy with a daily routine, so the skin’s moisture barrier remains intact all year round.  If you don’t want to looks like a desert tortoise, take a few precautionary measures.

 

DRY SKIN REMEDIES

  • As soon as you get out of the shower or tub, while your skin is still damp, slather on the moisturizing lotion.
  • Choose a lotion brand that has petroleum jelly or lanolin high on the ingredients list.
  • Don’t go outside in any season without using SPF of at least 15 on your face and hands.
  • Try adding lemon juice or vinegar to your bathwater.  Soap, being highly alkaline, may make your skin feel itchy.
  • To soften dry skin, add 1 cup powdered milk to your bath.  (It worked for Cleopatra, supposedly.)
  • Avoid steaming hot water or lengthy immersions, which will strip your skin of it’s natural oils.  Water counter-intuitively dries out your skin, particularly hot water, which is why dermatologists always recommend (wildly unappealing, especially in winter) tepid showers and baths; they also advise shorter, less-frequent ones.
  • The way to at least partially counteract the drying effects of blissfully warm showers and baths is to get oils and moisturizers onto your skin while you’re still in them.  Bath oils and bath salts can make an enormous difference.
  • Wash gently.  Vigorous scrubbing can further irritate sensitive skin.
  • Forgo skin products that contain alcohol, which can exacerbate drying.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to tackle this skin care concern from head to toe.    If you are looking for a product to help you combat dry skin, I highly recommend our Goat’s Milk Lotion we carry in the store!  It is closest to human skin and is easily absorbed.  You won’t be disappointed in the price either!  Come in and try some.  We’d love to know what you think about it!

I hope you find these remedies helpful!