Winter Dry Skin Care Tips – How to Keep Your Skin Supple
Get Out the Sander, Winter’s Coming
Alright, winter time is coming upon us and it’s time for the dry skin to begin. Get out your chisel and hammer to slough off the thick layer that’s about to ensue. Remember when your dry scaling heels snagged on the sheets last year? And what about the time your elbow caught onto the inside of your sleeve? Dry skin can cause ashiness, cracking, patchiness and incessant itching of the skin. Winter deals a cold hand to the body and does a doozy especially on heels, elbows and knees. Well it’s time to take a stand against it before winter gets here. We need to learn how to say goodbye to dry skin forever. Here’s a few tips to help you out.
Put Moisture Back in the Air
Winter loves to suck out all the moisture in the air. Buying a humidifier can help cure that. But to take a cheaper route you can try running your shower in the morning for 15 minutes. Or perhaps boiling a large pot of water in the mornings while you get ready for work can help put moisture back into the air as well.
Watch Out For Drying Soaps
Look for soaps that have extra moisturizers in them. Try soaps like Olay Body with Ultra Moisture, Dove with Hydrating Lotion, or Ambi Cocoa Butter Cleansing Bar. Also, avoid soaps with anti-bacterial protection. Anti-bacterial soaps will contain alcohols that can be rough on your skin.
Lotions and Body Oils
Using lotions and body oils right after you shower helps trap and keep the moisture into your skin. Lotions such as Vaseline Petroleum Jelly Cream, Deep Moisture, Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion and Curel Ultra Healing Lotion can help your skin stay hydrated.
Oils such as Neutrogena’s Body Oil, Vaseline Gel Body Oil or Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil can give your skin that added moisture it needs. Even applying Vitamin E Oil can help keep skin moisturized and supple. Now don’t get carried away with this one unless you plan on getting out of a tight squeeze somewhere. Putting on too much will have you slicker than a banana pill on a freshly waxed gymnasium floor.
My regimen for my body isn’t that complex I simply shower with Softsoap bodywash that contains moisture beads and lotion down with Curel Ultra Healing Lotion. For extra skin softness and moisturizing I apply my Neutrogena Body Oil which gives my skin a nice healthy glow. As for my feet, I jump through a few hoops to keep them from snagging my sheets. I use a foot scrub called Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub from Wal-Mart, 4-in-1 Foot File that I purchased from Target and Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Foot Cream that I also purchased from Wal-Mart. I also use the body scrub on my elbows and arms to shed off some of the dead skin. As soon as winter-like conditions start to display itself, I began my treatment. I may use the 4-in-1 foot file once a week or every two weeks. It contains a pumice stone, brush, file and buffer. But I apply my body scrub and foot cream daily. Anything to prevent having Fred Flinstone feet.
Give these ideas a try to see if you can bring back some of the moisture to your skin that Old Man Winter so eagerly wants to take away. via