During the month of January, Colorado is cold, dry and snowy. If you have ever lived in a cold and dry environment, you are probably familiar with the winter itch. You know the one, the itch that makes you question your daily moisturizer. Or the one that makes every sweater or shirt you wear feel like the creepy-crawlies are living in it.
Here are some tips to beat the itch, or soothe it at least
If you have a skin condition of any kind, ask your dermatologist how you can combat winter itch. A dermatologist will be able to tell you what will work best for your skin, which will also help you avoid buying drugstore products that may worsen or irritate your skin.
When it is cold out, it is really tempting to take a nice hot shower. Don’t do this. It will leave your skin dry and flaky. Instead opt for a warm shower and moisturize immediately after getting out of the shower. You may want to switch to a heavier moisturizer that doesn’t clog pores.
You still have to wear sunscreen even though the sun is hidden behind the clouds. You can still get sunburned during the winter, especially if you are hitting the slopes. Don’t forget to wear lip balm with SPF in it.
Your hands and feet have fewer oil glands than the rest of your body. This means that cold and dry weather is especially hard on them. Put on gloves before you head out the door and put lotion on your hands after you wash them. In the morning, apply a heavy cream on your feet before putting on your socks.
This one is for the kids. Don’t wear wet clothes or boots outside in the dry cold. Leave your shoes and gloves by a heater so they will dry and hang up your winter coat.
Invest in a humidifier . Humidifiers put moisture back into the air and will help prevent your skin from drying out.