It’s that time of year again. No, not for taking down the Christmas tree, making New Year’s Resolutions or cleaning out the closet.
For many of us, it’s that time when our skin starts to feel like bugs are crawling on it; when we want to claw our skin to relieve the terrifying itch.
Welcome to winter!
What to do? I’ve tried everything, or so it seems. I’ve used numerous products, even those remotely known to add moisture back to moisture-deprived skin.
My dry itching skin is not on my face at all, but rather on my midsection and lower legs.
It was time to find something that really works. So I’ve been researching it for us. Here’s what I’ve found.
Yes, adding moisturizers to the skin is part of the solution. Use rich, creamy products.
But that’s only a part of the solution for dry and itching winter skin. Here are other recommendations from doctors:
Use a humidifier. I’m unpacking mine tonight and using it where I sleep. Any old kind will do so long as it adds moisture to the dry air.
Drink plenty of water. We (or at least I) tend to drink less water during cold weather. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be drinking my at least 8 glasses each day.
Take shorter showers, no more than five minutes. The water should not be too hot or too cool. Lukewarm is the key here.
Two cautions here: If you see red blotches or severely scaly skin, your condition could be due to a rash or eczema, in which case you should consult a dermatologist.
Most sources agree that dry and itchy winter skin is due to two factors:
- Less humidity in the air during cold winter months.
- The drying affects of our home heating systems.
Wish me luck? Are you afflicted with this condition?
Have you had success with particular products or procedures for dealing with this problem? If so, please share.