The long winter months bring a few significant challenges to our health, starting with head colds and influenza, both of which tend to spread faster as people head inside to avoid the frigid weather.
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But these are hardly the only health challenges presented by Old Man Winter. Because we tend to spend more time indoors during the colder months, we’re exposed to a lot of recycled, dry air. Additionally, the lack of precipitation during the winter months can result in lower humidity. The combined result is a general dryness that can result in a variety of irritating, even painful conditions, from sore throat to dry cough and, perhaps most visibly, dry, peeling skin. The good news is that there are a few relatively simple steps you can take to help rehydrate your skin and keep it looking and feeling healthy.
1. Use the Wrong Product
When dry skin becomes a problem, many people reach for the nearest moisturizer. But not all moisturizers are created equally; beyond that, many moisturizers are made for specific purposes, such as re-hydrating the hands, legs, face.
To bring moisture back to the skin during the driest periods of the winter, try a thicker moisturizer — something closer to a cream than a lotion. Generally speaking, the thicker and denser the moisturizer, the better suited it will be to restoring hydration to your skin. Thinner moisturizers, like lotions, are meant to provide a thin coating of protection and are often meant for larger surfaces — think of spreading sunscreen all over your legs, back, and chest during a sunny summer day.