Winter is not easy on your skin. From the dry air outside to the lack of humidity inside, skin can easily get irritated and dehydrated, causing itching and flakiness.
Dry skin is a winter condition we’re all familiar with, but do you know all of the conditions that are caused by harsh winter air?
Below are common conditions that occur from exposure to cold air and ways that you can ease the pain.
Over-production of oil can lead to clogged pores, dead skin cells and bacteria on the skin, but dry skin can cause acne as well.
Acne can happen on any part of the body, but it is most common on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms.
Reducing the number of times that you touch your skin, especially your face, can help reduce acne, as well. A dermatologist can also recommend a topical regimen to help rid your skin of acne issues.
Try the Advanced Purifying Cleanser to help cleanse and exfoliate to ease the acne.
Eczema causes skin to become itchy, dry and irritated.
It’s most common on the elbows, knees, hands and face. The best way to treat the irritated skin is to use a fragrance-free moisturizer and to avoid bathing more than once per day, since eczema is worsened when water settles on your skin.
If the breakout is severe, there are steroids that can help relieve symptoms, as well.
Try the Bump 2 Baby Body Balm to help reduce eczema.
Nothing is worse than cracking, red, chapped lips during the winter months.
Chapped lips are one of the biggest issues people complain about during the winter season. Lips have a very thin layer of skin and are the most likely part of your face to dry out due to the dry winter air, wind and low humidity indoors.
Splitting and cracking can also occur in severe cases, which is painful, does not heal easily and can act as a breeding ground for infection. One of the most common mistakes people make is licking their lips while out in the cold.
This causes severe lip irritation and can making the chapping worse. Lip balm can ease and heal chapped lips by adding moisture and extra hydration.
Many lip balms also contain healing medication that can cool and ease lip pain, as well.
Is the wind causing you to look like Rudolph? Cold winter wind can cause windburn, a skin irritation that causes dry, red, burning skin.
To ease windburn, wear clothing that covers exposed skin when you’ll be outside. Scarves, coats and hats can help reduce the skin’s exposure and keep your skin protected and healthy.
Try the Advanced Sugar Shrink Body Scrub for softer skin.
Do your hands and feet feel like sandpaper? Dry skin is not fun to experience. However, it’s nearly unavoidable when you’re forced to stay inside with the heat on during the cold winter months.
Heat can dry skin out and make it flaky, irritated and itchy. The cold, outside air is also extremely dry and pulls the moisture out of skin.
Using moisturizer and skin healing lotions can replenish your skin’s hydration like the Advanced RejuVenating Moisturizer.
Psoriasis is a condition that is activated when the body’s defenses are alerted and your skin produces too many skin cells, which results in dry, flaky, scaly patches on the skin.
The condition starts as a collection of small red bumps, then it progresses to these patches that are commonly found on the scalp, elbows, knees, hands and feet. The condition is incurable, but there are treatments that can calm the symptoms, including hydrocortisone, vitamin D and vitamin A creams, as well as treatments containing coal tar.
Stress can exacerbate the condition, as well, so you can also try common relaxation techniques to keep psoriasis under control.
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