One of the best ways to combat winter dry skin is to avoid taking long hot showers or baths. In the winter it may be tempting after being out in the cold, but although lovely in the moment, it will make dry winter skin worse. Although seeming counter-intuitive, the longer and hotter the exposure to water, the more natural moisture your skin will lose.
Why? Well, the outermost layer of our skin contains oils and skin cells that help retain moisture. The combination of hot water and soap strips away your skin’s natural oil barrier that provides protection against dryness.
When you step out of a hot shower or bath, you’ve probably noticed that your skin is often red, itchy, and maybe even tight. These are all indications that your skin is drying. Additionally, in many parts of the country, the air is also very dry in the winter compounding these concerns.
So, what can you do about winter dry skin? Start by keeping water temperature lukewarm and showers less than ten minutes long. Consider turning down the temperature on your water heater, this will prevent water from being too hot and, a bonus, you will reduce your winter energy costs! Just slightly adjusting the thermostat will be easier on your skin, your wallet, and the environment. The same benefits from taking shorter showers and bathes.
To treat winter dryness, apply a good moisturizer immediately after bathing. It will help your skin to be soft and supple while locking in moisture. At Alpha Skin Care, we formulate products with naturally powerful ingredients that really work to care for your skin. We recommend using our Renewal Body Lotion after a bath or shower to relieve dryness. The thick rich formula will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.
Formulated with 12% Glycolic AHA, it releases dead skin cells, promotes cellular renewal, and even supports collagen production which results in healthy, well-hydrated skin. Alpha Skin Care wants to help you to have healthy, radiant skin from head to toe!
So seasons change and the weather cools again, remember shorter, cooler showers and baths followed with a great moisturizer like Renewal Body Lotion is the best way to care for winter dry skin.