The dry weather of winter makes the skin dry. During this time the skin becomes dehydrated. Older people are more prone to dry skin. Because the skin of the elderly has less natural skin oils and lubricants. Dry skin becomes rough and itchy. Repeated itching causes the skin to become thick and scaly, and may even become infected. Blisters, rashes, and redness also appear on the skin of some people in this weather. Many people have eczema.skin care
In winter, drinking less water and frequent use of soap to clean the dust can dry the skin. Soap contains emulsifiers, which remove the skin’s natural oils. Using a scrub on the skin further reduces the oiliness. Frequent hand washing with soap can dry out the skin. Using a moisturizer that is not suitable for the skin can lead to dry skin. Various ingredients in winter clothes contribute to dry skin care.
Winter woolen or synthetic fiber clothing can irritate and dry some skin. People with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, and certain acne medications can also experience dry skin. Apart from this, eczema, psoriasis, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and malnutrition (deficiency of vitamin ‘A’, and vitamin ‘D’) are associated with dry skin. Hormonal changes can also cause dry skin, such as menopausal women’s skin becoming drier in the winter.
1) If the skin is dry and itchy, it is better not to go out in winter or in cold air.
2) Wear sweaters, sheets, gloves, scarves or hats and socks when going outside.
3) Always use moisturizer after washing hands. Moisturize several times a day during this time.
4) Moisturizing skin care is important for eczema. A heavy moisturizer or cold cream like shea butter can be used during winter.
5) Mild cleansers or non-alkaline soaps are good for cleaning the skin. Many scented, deodorant, and antibacterial soaps are not suitable during winter.
6) Can choose herbal products at this time. Fragrance-free moisturizers are good for dry skin. Moisturizer should be applied within five minutes of showering.
7) Skin can produce vitamin D naturally when exposed to sunlight. As there is less sunlight in winter, skin problems increase due to the lack of ‘D’. Indoor room humidifiers can be used to reduce dryness.
8) If you have skin diseases like eczema, or psoriasis, you should consult a dermatologist at the beginning of winter. Steroid creams to reduce itching, topical calcineurin inhibitors, and phototherapy to reduce inflammation are helpful.