It’s winter and in most areas humidity is down and skin dryness is up! Dry skin on your face, body and feet can get so dry that a rash develops from itching and you know you shouldn’t itch, but it’s driving you crazy!
You wouldn’t think but dehydration is pretty common in winter months.
It’s hard to drink water when it’s freezing cold plus, we’re not eating as much fruit as we do in the summer so we don’t get as much water intake which dehydrates our skin.
Besides not drinking enough water, there are other bad things you may be doing (and not even know it) that are drying out your skin.
Some of them may be:
- Taking hot showers or baths: I know it feels so good to run the hot water on your body or soak in a hot tub, however, there is a consequence when you do it. The heat from the hot water draws out your bodies natural oils from your skin. So, best to take warm showers and only run the hot water for a few minutes at the end, I know, is anything good for you anymore?
- Using soap instead of a body wash: The best body wash for dry and sensitive skin would be Dermalogica’s Conditioning Body Wash it has soothing essential oils of Sandalwood, Lavender, Orange and Clary Sage help condition and smooth and it smells amazing! Naturally!
- Completely drying your skin before applying body lotion:
The best way to moisturize your skin is to apply your body lotion while it’s still damp from showering, that way you seal in the water and your skin will drink it up!
- Using a body lotion that has perfumes, fragrance or alcohols: There are some body and face moisturizers that are loaded with drying perfumes and alcohols. Look at the ingredient list and if perfume or fragrance is in the first five ingredients than it could be drying your skin out. Most body lotions have fragrances in them- it’s pretty hard
to avoid but if the fragrance is really low on the ingredient list there probably isn’t much in the product and most likely won’t contribute to dryness. However, check out EWG’s Research, it has shown that fragrances can contain hormone disruptors and are among the top 5 allergens in the world. Their advice? Buy fragrance-free wherever possible. My favorite body lotion is Dermalogica’s Body Hydrating Cream. Environmental Working Group Tips for Safer Products
Winter Tip: The best bacteria free humidifier After doing a ton of research I found that the Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350 is the best humidifier on the market. I purchased it and am extremely happy with it, my skin and sinuses love it!