Published: January 27, 2017
Now that we right in the middle of the winter season, your skin has likely officially taken on some of the common winter skin struggles. If you’re like so many people, you may be experiencing some dry skin itchiness. If you are, don’t worry – you’re not alone and it’s pretty common especially this time of year. Having dry, itchy skin is never fun and can be pretty uncomfortable. You’re probably ready to stop the dry skin itch, but may be struggling to find any real relief. We’re sharing some of the tips we’ve uncovered that can help you to finally stop the dry skin itch.
You may not realize it, but it’s highly likely that you may be using a skin care product that has sulfates in it. Many body washes and hand washes contain sulfates. In general, it’s said that products that foam typically contain sulfates. This is important to know, because many experts suggest avoiding sulfates when you’re struggling with dry, itchy skin. Sulfates are known to cause irritation for many, and can cause the skin to be stripped of a lot of oils and moisture when using them too frequently. Instead, stick to body and skin care products that don’t have any sulfates to give your skin some relief and lock in the natural oils and moisture your body produces.
Enlist the Help of a Humidifer
When we have dry skin, especially this time of year, a lot of it is due to the extreme dryness in the air. One of the best ways to help with that is to add your own moisture into the air, with the help of a humidifier. Using a small humidifier in the room(s) you spend the most time in is a great way to get your skin a lot of the moisture it’s craving, and needs. And odds are, you’ll start to notice that your skin is less dry and itchy after you begin using it on a consistent basis.
So often when we have dry skin, it can seem like it’s impossible to really get a lot of relief, even when applying moisturizing products consistently. Some of this can actually be because you’re not exfoliating enough. When our skin is dry, we tend to have a lot of dead/dry skin cells built up on the surface of our skin. Those dead skin cells can actually prevent our skin from thoroughly absorbing moisturizing products that you apply consistently. The best way to prevent that from happening? Exfoliate more consistently! Experts suggest that our skin needs to be exfoliating 1-2 times per week. Getting in the routine of doing so is going to help eliminate a lot of the dryness that you’re experiencing and give your itchy skin some relief because you’re helping to eliminate what your skin doesn’t need and also help your skin to absorb moisturizing products much more effectively.
Of course, we can’t forget to mention the importance of making sure that the moisturizing products you apply are high quality and that you’re applying them frequently!