Preventing Dry Skin this Winter

Is your skin starting to itch and crack? You could be suffering from dry skin. The cold months of winter can be very drying for delicate skin, and it is important to do what you can to help prevent dry skin and other skin conditions, such as frost bite, from developing.

So, what can you do to prevent dry skin each winter season?

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Is your dry skin bothering you?

Your dry skin could be the result of poor indoor air quality and not bad skin!

Here are a few tips for preventing dry skin:

1.Moisturizer Your Skin Daily

To prevent skin from chapping when exposed to dry, cold air, use moisturizers on your hands and the rest of your body regularly. Get into a routine of applying lotion after you shower, before bed, and before going outside. When you moisturizer your skin before being exposed to the cold air the more it will protect your skin.

2. Use Gentle Cleansers

Soap can be very harsh and drying to the skin. Using a moisturizing cleanser that still removes dirt and odor will help prevent dry, flaky skin. A cleanser that is specifically formulated for dry skin is best, but any cleanser that has added moisturizers will work.

3.Shower Temperature and Length Matters

While taking a shower or bath, keep the temperature warm, not hot. Hot water removes the natural oils in the skin and it will begin to dry out. Add essential oils to bath water to prevent your skin from getting too dry. Keep showers less than 15 minutes long.

4. Cover Up to Protect Skin

Cover up your skin as much as possible and wear layers of warm clothes while outside for extended lengths of time. This will help prevent the cold air from touching your skin and drying it out.

5. Use a Humidifier

Using the heat throughout the winter creates a dry environment in your home. To help balance the dry air in your house a humidifier will add the required moisture back into your home. This will also help your skin from drying out.

6. Keep Hydrated with Water

We all know that water is one of the best things for our bodies. It replenishes the water that gets lost while sweating from working out, but did you know that it also helps keep our skin hydrated? By drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, our skin will retain its natural oils and elasticity.

7. Seal the Cracks in Your Home

If you find certain areas of your home draftier than others, there could be hairline cracks in the baseboards, windows, or even the outside structure. When you seal the cracks, this will prevent cold air from entering into your home and your skin won’t dry out from the constant access to the cold air. There could also be gaps in your insulation that is letting cold air into your home, and the when the heat is on it is escaping and wasting your money.

If you have drafty areas in your home and would like to have your insulation repaired or additional insulation installed, contact Five Star Charleston today for your or Insulation needs.