The smell of pumpkin spice with the beautiful changing of leaves can make you feel all warm and cozy when fall time hits. Now, unless you reside in northern Arizona, you won’t be seeing this spectacular transition, but yet you get to experience the changes the weather brings to your skin. When winter finally falls upon us in Arizona, all the coziness subsides and then we’re left to battle dry, cracking, flaking and sometimes bleeding skin. The changing of the season brings so many unpleasant skin conditions.
Your skin is the largest and one of the most interesting organs in your body. It can be extremely sensitive, yet so incredibly tough. Some of the thickest areas of skin are found on your feet, while your eyelids have the thinnest. Your skin is constantly shedding and regrows fully every 28 days. You skin is also home to millions of bacteria that are essentially harmless. Yes, skin is very interesting.
Once the weather changes here in Arizona, your skin dries out. The cold weather does not allow your skin to retain as much water. Combine that with lower humidity and you have a recipe for a disastrous effects to your skin.
Get to the experts
Your best bet when dealing with dry winter skin is to seek out a specialist. This is especially true if you suffer from eczema or psoriasis on top of dryness. It is important here to remember not to scratch dry skin. This will make the condition worse.
The bonus here is that a proper skin care regimen can also help you look a few years younger. Now, who doesn’t want that in their life?
Slathering your body from head to toe in a proper moisturizer is an obvious way to combat dry winter skin. Scent free and dye free moisturizers are a good choice as they will be less likely to irritate your skin further. Also check for moisturizers with humectants. This is a class of substances that attract moisture to your skin.
The trend happening today is try different types of oils. You must be careful with you selection as some of them are not as helpful as others. Shea oil/butter and vegetable oil are terrible choices due to the fact they will clog your pores. Avocado, primrose, almond and mineral oil are better alternatives since they do not tend to clog pores.
Also, don’t forget the sunscreen. While the sun may not feel as intense in the winter, it can still do damage to your skin. Be sure to apply the sunscreen to any part of your body that would be exposed to the sun about 30 minutes prior to being outside.
With the air in Arizona being extra dry in the winter, it makes sense that adding moisture into the air itself would help your skin. Many people get a humidifier that does just that. You may even find a humidifier benefits your skin year round! Keep in mind that these devices can become a cesspool for bacteria. Just be sure to keep it cleaned regularly.
Nix the Hot Bath
Now we’re just taking all the fun out of it. One of the best feelings in the world is soaking in a nice, super hot, bath right at the end of a cold-wintery day. The problem here is that the hot water removes natural oils from the skin and leads to even drier skin. As you begin to tear up from this horrible news, fear not! You can still choose a lukewarm bath or shower, and treat your skin to a nice oatmeal or baking soda rinse. This should help relieve dry, itchy skin you may be suffering from.
The Tips You May Not Have Heard
Maybe you’re already privy to the aforementioned tips, but have you tried these?
Vaseline: great for the thickest parts of your skin, like your feet!
Cold cream cleanser: great for removing makeup and actually moisturizes at the same time (unlike towelettes)
Brush your lips: I love chapped lips – said no one ever! Brush off the excess skin and stock up on chapstick.
Have you ever heard someone tell you to drink tons of water to keep your skin hydrated and youthful? If you have, then you’ve been caught up in a common myth. Your skin can benefit from staying hydrated, but it won’t tell the full tale of the health of your skin. You simply cannot judge the amount of water you drink by looking at your skin. Hydration helps, but don’t expect to see drastic changes.
In the end, the winter season (no matter where you live) can be brutal and unforgiving to your skin. There are also extra precautions to take when the air gets dry and the days become cooler. Treat your skin with a consistent lotion regimen and consider additional methods of improving your skin’s toughness and beauty.