When the temperature drops, it affects your skin, some areas more than others. Skin becomes flaky and undeniably itchy and dry. The heater takes away the moisture from your skin making both your face and lips dry without moisture. You end up drinking less water because of the cold, which results in a dehydrated skin. We aren’t scaring you but helping you identify problems to find solutions that can spare you from all these cold weather issues especially when after months of cold weather spring is nigh and you want to look as fresh as flowers. Read on and learn away!
The way to go about dry elbows is to keep moisturizing them and avoid very hot showers. Use a balm or a moisturizer after coming out of the shower, the damp skin will lock in the moisture. Avoid scrubbing your elbows in this harsh weather. What you can do instead is use creams with acids to take away the rough elbow skin. If keeping your elbows moisturized doesn’t take away the scales after a week or 10 days, you might need to see the dermatologist to get a potent moisturizer on prescription.
Flaky Facial skin
There are so many things that can make your face flaky, especially in the winter. The most common of all is dryness or irritated skin. To avoid irritation, stop using products containing fragrances. Anti–aging products can often cause irritation as well; you should also avoid products containing essential oils. Use a thick moisturizer and a gentle cleanser instead. A great way to completely avoid skin flakiness is to not use products with alcohol. If in case your skin is overly shedding, a mild chemical peel mask can help remove the dry skin layer but chemical peeling should always be done on the recommendation of a dermatologist.
Because of dilating blood vessels in the winters your nose appears red or flushed. To get rid of this, use a warm compress, making sure it’s not too hot! It should help instantly. If the issue persists even after trying a warm compression, and you begin to see white heads with obvious blood vessels, see a doctor. To avoid the situation altogether, it’s a great idea to use Sun Protection Factor (SPF) sunscreen even when it’s intensely cold or if you don’t think its sunny.
There is a thin layer of skin covering your hands, which is very easy to get affected by the dropping temperature. The best way to cure dry hands is to apply a thick moisturizer on your hands before going to bed. While you sleep, your skin heals the most. Moisturize your hands every time you wash them and try to wear gloves when you are outdoors. If your hands are so dry or cracked that you feel a burning sensation when you try to moisturize them, it’s time to see a dermatologist; you might have eczema or a similar issue, which, if not treated, can get worse over time.
To fix chapped lips, use an emollient several times a day so it can seal the moisture in your lips, rehydrating your lips in a day or two. Drinking lots and lots of water, cracked or dry lips are a sign of dehydration regardless of the weather. To completely prevent your lips from getting chapped, use a lip balm consistently. Using a lip balm with SPF is a great idea if you are going to be out in the sun. Make sure that the lip balm you are using does not crystallize, because that can do more damage than good. A natural ingredient to help your cracked lips is honey. Honey has been used over the centuries to avoid chapped lips. Not only will it help in putting back moisture into your dry lips, but will also protect the cracks in your lips from causing an infection because of its anti-inflammatory qualities. Honey also works great as a mild exfoliator, hence, it can help you get rid of dry, dead skin on your lips. If you have allergies from pollen and bee venom, you can also use coconut oil to treat your chapped lips, just make sure that the coconut oil you are using is organic and free of any preservatives or chemicals. HH
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