Actually, winter is not a very friendly season for your skin; there are some unpleasant symptoms your skin usually encounters in winter like roughness, itching and severe redness. You may find it strange to believe, but man’s skin tends to be less dry than women’s because it stays moist longer. Cold can make skin dehydrated and in severe cases crack and bleed, and here below we give you some tips that can help you.
Using lotions or body cream with oil can ease dryness and itching due to allowing moisture into your skin, and the best time to apply it is after the shower. Antibacterial soaps can cause more drying, so avoid that and use instead a gentle shower gel or cleanser with moisturizers.
Taking extremely hot baths breaks down the natural oils of your skin and thus takes away its softness and leaves it dry, so do not. The most important tip is to drink much water and liquids so that your skin is hydrated from inside out, and eat a lot of omega3-rich food such as walnuts, salmon and broccoli because such food keep your skin supple.
It is important to know that women’s skin after menopause tends to be much drier, and thus it needs much more care. Furthermore, when your skin is dry, it gets extra- sensitive so try to avoid sun exposure.
If itching and dryness prevents you from sleeping at night and your lotions and creams cannot help you, it is necessary that you see a dermatologist, especially if you have large areas of scaling or you get infection from scratching.
Finally, you need to know that vitamin C enhances collagen production which is like a sponge of moisture, and together with zinc and copper your skin becomes more hydrated and thus smoother.