Winter weather can cause a variety of problems with our skin – from the sometimes serious (like frost bite, infections and nosebleeds) to the uncomfortable and inconvenient (like cracked hands, and itchyitchyitchyitchy skin).
At our house, nose bleeds are a nightly event, and at any given time someone is scratching something. In fact, just last night I was scratching the 3-year-old’s back when he looked at me and said, “Scratch it like you mean it!”
Luckily for all of us, OTCsafety.org is sharing some helpful winter skin care tips to keep us all healthy and itch-free this season.
I know what you’re thinking – DUH! We all know we need to moisturize our skin – but what lotions are the best? And do we need lotions or creams or oils?
In general, creams are best for mild dryness, oils are best for moderate dryness and ointments for severe dryness. (If you’re anything like me, you go straight for the ointment.) Click here to read more about the ingredients in moisturizers and how to decide what is best for you.
2. Shorten that Shower
Yeah – I know – I could cry just thinking about it too – but long showers and baths are terrible for your skin in the winter. Keep the showers short, and remember to moisturize immediately afterwards. This will lock in the water that is still on your skin, keeping you moisturized longer.
3. Cover Up
When my husband was 16, he wore flip flops in a snowstorm to a drive through restaurant. When his parents yelled at him, he assured them that he’d be in the car the entire time, so it was “no big deal.”
Guess whose car broke down in the middle of the snow storm? And guess who was wearing flip flops and no coat? And guess who didn’t have a cell phone (because they weren’t invented yet)?
That would be my husband.
Let’s all learn from him. If you’re leaving the house, use a scarf to cover your your face, and be sure to wear boots and gloves to protect your hands and feet from the elements. If you think you’re suffering from frostbite, contact your doctor. Click here to read more.
4. Stay Hydrated
You can help your skin stay moisturized from the inside-out by drinking lots of water and staying hydrated. A good rule of thumb? If your lips are chapped, you need more water.
5. Use a Humidifier
Not only will a humidifier at night keep your skin more hydrated, it can help put a stop to nosebleeds – which are much more common in the dry winter months. Nosebleeds are common at my house, so we use humidfiers as well as a saline mist every night to help prevent them.
6. Keep Reading
Click here to read even more about great winter skin tips – especially if you have sensitive skin.
And click here to read about exczema – which can get even worse in the winter.
This post is sponsored by OTCsafety.org. All thoughts and opinions are my own.