Christmas is definitely in the cold December air, but water isn’t, and this may cause problems for our skin.
The holiday season here in the country may not be characterized by freezing temperatures, but the cold, less humid weather is sucking moisture from our skin, causing it to be cracked and dry.
“When the skin gets dry, it gets itchy, then we scratch it. That’s when irritation happens. It’s itch-scratch-itch-rash. Then the skin thickens,”
“It’s really more on less humidity, not cold temperature. There’s a shortage of water in the air, so the air is dry.”
1. Continue to use sunscreen with SPF 15 of better, even if it’s cloudy outside. Apply sunblock 30 minutes prior to exposure to the sun, and re-apply after 2 to 3 hours.
2. Use an unscented mild cleanser as opposed to soap, which can strip your skin of the essential oils it needs.
4. Avoid products with high alcohol content as well as heavy perfumes. These can irritate your sensitive, dry skin. Try to keep an anti-itch cream on hand to apply to excessively dry patches.
5. Use a thicker, richer moisturizer 2 to 3 times a day. Gently exfoliate your skin to remove the dead surface skin cells that can form due to excessive dryness.
6. Use a soothing lip balm or moisturizing lipstick, preferably with sunscreen, to treat chapped lips.