Tips For Winter-Proofing Skin

by - August 25, 2023

The summer is harsh on the skin, with the sun beating down and the humidity, but the winter can be harsher still. The winter can quickly dry skin out because many people go from the dry air in their houses or other buildings into the cold and back again. Children tend to have softer skin than adults and are even more likely to have dry or cracked skin faster.
So, how can you support your skin in the winter?
What products can help with dry winter skin?

You’ll need plenty of tools in your arsenal for taking care of your skin or your children's skin. Often, we rely on just one product, but you typically need a combination to help support winter skin.

Lotions are the typical go, but they have fewer oils and are packed with water - and they can be okay for those who don’t usually have dry skin.

Creams are thicker and ideal for sealing moisture in, and are great for dry skin - ideally used to lock in the moisture from lotions, ointments and oils.

Ointments are almost completely oil and have incredible hydration; they are very useful for cracked and dry skin - or on hands that are often exposed to the elements.

How can you get the most from your products?

Many people dry themselves after a shower and then apply cream, but to really get the biggest benefit, you should be applying your products to damp skin. When the skin is damp, the products can pull the water into the skin and lock it there.

Another way to help your skin get the most from the product is that after you have applied it, try to wear cotton clothing. It will protect the cream and prevent it from rubbing away. You can infuse extra moisture into feet and hands by putting on cotton socks and gloves after a thick night cream.

Not everyone likes the feeling, though, so you might have to take some time to get used to it.


What can you avoid or do to help dry skin?

Changing how you or your child bathe can make a huge difference, too. If you stay in a hot bath for more than ten minutes, it has a negative impact on the moisture in your skin. Hot water, for too long, begins to pull the moisture and oils from the skin, leaving it drier and more irritable than it was before. Less than ten minutes in warm water is long enough.

The products you use can have a huge impact; for caring, bath oatmeal or a bath emollient is ideal and can soothe and nourish the skin while you bathe. Bubbles, soaps and things with fragrance will not have a great impact. Soaps, bubbles and foams often have stronger detergents that strip the natural oils from the skin - and leave it more prone to becoming dry.

The temperature of the water makes a significant impact, and while laying in a hot bath can feel incredible on an aching and tired body it doesn’t have the best impact on the skin. Lukewarm water is actually what you should be bathing in, and while it might take a little bit of time to get used to a lower bath temperature - you will see the difference in your skin pretty quickly.

For those who give their skin a good rub down to make sure it is completely dry - you might want to think again! When you scrub your skin and make sure that it is super dry, you are taking away a lot of the moisture that you ideally want to lock in.

Dab the skin with a soft cotton towel, but don’t dry it completely. Then, slather on a good layer of your chosen post-bathing products. When you rub the towel over the body, you remove much of the good oils that the skin needs to feel soft and supple.

What if nothing is working?

If you have changed the products that you use in terms of moisturizing and making adjustments to the bathing routine and you aren’t getting the results you need, it is time to look elsewhere.

During the summer months, we tend to have the AC and often the air is humid, which leaves us feeling damp or clammy; in the winter, the AC gets switched to heaters. Heaters dry the air, and that dry air can leave us even more irritated. If that sounds familiar to you, then putting on a humidifier is going to be a great idea.

You ideally want about 40% humidity in the air from cool-mist. There are many options for a cool-mist humidifier online, but it is a smart idea to have them in all rooms that are occupied for long periods of time or slept in.

Synthetic fabrics are one of the most commonly worn - but they are also known to be irritating and drying to the skin. Cotton and linen are great for reducing the irritation that can build up from the seat (because even in the winter, we sweat!).

Cotton clothing that isn’t tightly fitted will help air to circulate and isn’t as harsh as some other synthetic fabrics.

Laundry detergents can be fine for long periods of time, but with a combination of changes in the weather or even an adjustment to the ingredients, you can find that they begin to irritate you or your child.

Often, this is first noticed behind the knees, which is a common place for the skin to crack and become dry in the winter. Look for products that are skin-sensitive, eco-friendly and skin-friendly. With no fragrances and more natural ingredients, you are less likely to get a reaction.

Increasing your water intake is also another way to increase the hydration in your skin - which in turn will reduce how dry and itchy it feels.

You might need to dedicate a few days to pampering your skin and supporting it’s barrier so that it can repair damage and replenish the moisture: 6 Simple And Efficient Tips On Revitalizing Your Skin - Sweet Softies | Amigurumi and Crochet.

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