Winter holidays and cold climate can be a cool respite from the tropical heat if you live in the hot tropics. However, one can suffer from dry, itchy, flaky skin brought on by the dry, cold weather even as you enjoy a winter holiday.
Here are 7 Tips To Reduce Skin Dryness From Cold Climates
Tip No 1 is to change your shower habits. This is one of the hardest thing because in the winter, it’s so nice to be under a hot shower and the temptation is greatest. Even though it feels amazing, a long and hot shower is bad for your skin. Most dermatologists do not recommend a long hot shower. It is probably the worst thing you can do for dry skin because it just makes the skin drier. You are basically stripping away body oil that you need that helps moisturize your skin.
So what can you do?
The first thing you can do is reduce the temperature of your water. It just needs to be warm. Not hot, not scalding, not steaming hot which are not good for your skin.
The second thing you can do is to reduce the amount of time spent in the shower, 20 minutes in the shower is too much for any season, especially in the winter. So, ideally reduce your shower time under 10 minutes, maybe even during warmer seasons especially when you are really not that dirty. So, the key is to reduce the temperature of water and time spent in the shower.
Tip No 2 is to change your cleansing habits. The type of cleanser you choose and how you use it can have a really big impact on your skin. Remember, the routine that we have during summer weather is not necessary the best routine in the winter climates. In the summer, we get sweaty, dirty or stinky faster and we need to clean more. In the winter you don’t need to, so avoid over cleansing.
Look for something that does not strip the skin of its natural protective oil. When your skin feels squeaky clean and tight after cleaning it means your skin has been stripped of its natural body oil. That’s not a good thing.
Avoid cleansers that contains sulfates as it can be very harsh on the skin. Look for something that is mild, gentle or contains a special formulation for sensitive and dry skin. Synthetic fragrance makes a product appealing but does nothing for your skin and are potential irritants, so choose fragrant free products.
Recommendation: Emu Tracks Liquid Hand & Body Wash. It is a mild wash that is suitable for sensitive skin. Containing Emu Oil, it nourishes and moisturizes as it gently cleanses.
Tip No 3 is to apply moisturizer right after you wash your face, hands and body. Most people apply moisturizer on dry skin, but it is not as effective as applying on damp skin. When you apply a moisturizer on top of your damp skin, it usually lock in the surface moisture that is on your skin and it will look plumper and healthier. This is a lot more effective. Applying moisturizer on damp skin is also a tip the American Dermatology Association recommends as well.
Tip No 4 is to use a moisturizing cream instead of a lotion. Many lotions contain quite a lot of water and do not have enough occlusive ingredients. Basically, these ingredients are going to keep your skin protected from the elements and reduce the amount of moisture lost. Lotions used in the summer may not be good for the cold, winter climate. Similarly, avoid fragranced products as they can irritate your skin and are not beneficial in anyway.
Emu Tracks Bio-Active Emu Oil is a pure and natural moisturizing oil that can be used as often as needed throughout the day. It penetrates skin easily without leaving an oily and sticky residue.
Emu Tracks Emu Oil Moisturizer helps to nourish and moisturize facial skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Down To Earth African Potato Cream, made with potent African potato extract, aloe vera, avocado and evening primrose oils, is a deep penetrating and hydrating anti-inflammatory cream used to relieve discomfort and treat dry and inflamed skin conditions.
Tip No 5 is to protect your hands with gloves in windy, cold climate especially outdoors. It is always a good idea to wear gloves or your hands can get really dry, resulting in flaky or cracked skin that itch or bleed. The other thing to remember is to wear gloves when cleaning or washing. In the summer, it might not be a big thing but in the winter when things are already so cold and dry, it is much easier to get dry hands. Doing dishes with bare hands that involves using hot water and harsh detergents is a bad combination for hands.
Tip No 6 is don’t overheat your indoor environment. Obviously, we turn up the heater to battle the cold and to be comfortable. However, when you overheat your home, the air in your home becomes warm and dry making your skin feel drier. It can even make the thin, sensitive skin inside nostrils drier, causing nose bleeds.
Tip No 7 is to use a humidifier indoors. It is an effective way to make the air less dry.
Bonus Tip No 8 is to use a lip balm. Lips can get really dry in the winter because our lips do not produce any oil and are very exposed to the elements. Some people can be sensitive to certain ingredients on their lips so it is advisable to avoid certain ingredients in lip balms which can be potentially irritants. As a general guide, avoid lip balms that have menthol, fragrance, cinnamon, camphor or essential oils. Look for natural ingredients that does not irritate your skin. Licking your dry lips is not recommended as it makes dry lips worst.
Recommendation: Emu Tracks Eucalyptus Lip Balm is free from synthetic fragrance and harsh chemicals. It is made from pure emu oil, a superb natural moisturizer and is hypoallergenic.