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Winter skin may not be a common term, but it is a real thing. Your skin gets tight, red and flaky. Depending on what your daily life looks like it can be downright painful.
The air in our homes gets dry and stale and the outside is just plain cold. A perfect breeding ground for dust and pet dander and winter skin.
Between windows and doors being shut tight to keep the cold out and the furnace running to keep the warm in, it is really not surprising.
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Your poor red, dry nose
Have you ever had dry sneezes? After a while the inside of your nose hurts so much. I know this sounds gross but it works. Put some petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on a cotton swab and very gently run it around the inside of your nostril. It will provide much needed lubrication to that sensitive skin as well as become a barrier to that free floating dust and dander.
Your entire Body is one big Itch
Dry, itchy skin is another symptom of winter skin. The backs of your arm, right on the shin bone or even the hip bones I find are the worst. Without the added moisture of summer air and being constantly covered to stay warm it is very easy for your skin to get dry and itchy.
A good body lotion such as Aveeno daily moisturizing and O’keefes skin repair body lotion can help alleviate the need to constantly scratch, which can cause infection by damaging the protective outer layer of your skin.
Protect Your Hands
While the skin on our hands is more durable it still needs special care. Outdoor activities like shoveling snow or building snowmen or that dry air inside and more frequent hand washing or
sanitizer use can suck all the moisture right out and cause scaly, sore and cracked digits.
O’Keefe’s Working Hands is my go to especially now that it comes in a handy tube, but anything with a high coconut or shea base will do wonders. Here are two to give a try.
Kiehls’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salvewhich also comes in a handy tube and Burt’s Bees Hand Salve
Get ready to face the world.
The skin on our hands may be more durable but the skin on our faces is even more sensitive. The goal is to protect the skin while not making it too oily and clogging the pores. Doing this is a recipe for a vicious cycle of moisturizing and drying out blemishes.
For my face I have gone through the gamut of reasonably priced products.
My new favourite is Rejuvity by Isagenix but I have had great results with Aveeno’s Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer broad spectrum 30. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 and ELF’s Beauty Shield SPF 50 skin shielding moisturizer are also a tops on my list.
And don’t forget the SPF! The sun can do as much or more damage in winter. That white snow acts like a mirror and reflects those rays right back at you. All of the above products contain SPF otherwise I forget the extra step, but if you already have a favourite moisturizer please remember to apply a good facial sunscreen.
In my search for quality moisturizers that can stand up to winter weather and have a good SPF I found this, Kiehl’s Super Multi Corrective Cream SPF 30. This is quite the handle but it sounds impressive enough to try even with the higher price tag.
Kiss the sky
Our lips may get the most abuse. The skin on our lips is again different from the rest of bodies and need special care. Between cold, dry wind and hot chocalate to warm our insides, our lips can get dry and chapped very easily.
I have been a fan of Carmex for years. Not only does it keep my kisser soft and smooth, it has the added benefit of treating cold sores, which is how I came about it in the first place. The tingling when you apply is normal and goes away in a few seconds. EOS (Evolution of Smooth) is a great brand that is now available in a hard tube. The round balls are funky but not practical unless you carry a luggage size purse.
And last but not least, frizzy fly away hair. This one has always been the biggest pain in the ass for me, as I always had long hair. With my new shorter hair style this could mean some adjustments. But these are the products that I had success with in the past.
Moroccan Oil Oil has topped the list for a while because it works. As the name states, John Frieda’s Frizz Ease 6 in 1 serum tames the frizz and flyaways. You may have heard of Not Your Mother’s Jeans, we now have Not Your Mother’s All Eyes on Me 10 in 1 Hair Perfector. I am thinking with my new do, this may be my go to hair product.
If all of this fails to bring you relief from Winter Skin, investing in a hunidifier may the next best option like this Honeywell cool mist ultrasonic humidifier. This will help keep the dust and dander down as well as gicve your skin some natural moisture from the air.
Here is to the coming season. May your skin be nourished, your hair be smooth and your air moist.
Until next time,