We’re all washing our hands and face more and even showering more often. These are good hygiene habits but your skin may not be quite so happy. If you’re dealing with dry and itchy skin, it’s time to switch up some of your post washing behaviors and products.
Here are a few tips to avoid dry and itchy skin your skin will thank you for following:
- Moisturize! Most importantly, you need to moisturize every time and everywhere you wash. Use a moisturizer that’s effective for drier skin and apply it often. The best time to apply moisturizer is when your skin is still a bit damp right after your wash, shower or bathe. Also, use a hydrating moisturizer cream or lotion. I suggest you keep moisturizer next to every sink, and even a small one in your purse or pocket. That way, it’s ready for you to use when you need it.
- Avoid drying agents: Although alcohol, alpha-hydroxy acids and benzoyl peroxide products have their place in skin care, they aren’t very good to use in colder months. Choose products that will keep your skin clean but not dried out.
- Protect your hands and lips! Even while social distancing, you may still go outside—to walk the dog, move trash cans, shovel snow, or even say hi to your neighbors. Your hands and lips get lots of exposure. Every time you put on and take off your gloves, essential moisturizers get stripped from your hands. Moisturize your hands often using a good hand cream and add a cuticle oil to your routine. Remember to use a non-irritating lip balm that keeps your lips protected and moisturized.
- Add a humidifier: Indoor heat is drying, too. Adding a humidifier will make your indoor space more comfortable and your skin happier.
- Stay hydrated! Drinking plenty of water is just as important in the cooler weather as it is in summer.
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