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How to Combat Winter Itch

When the cold wind blows outside, we fight it by cranking up our heaters. Unfortunately, that heat makes the air super dry, which can take a toll on your skin leaving you incredibly itchy, scaly and uncomfortable. You can't help but scratch, which leaves it even more irritated.

Here are some tips to help you keep the moisture in your skin:

  • I know there's nothing like a hot shower to warm you up in the Winter, but the hotter the water the drier it makes your skin. Try a 15 minute soak in a warm bath instead, using a moisturizing soap like Pre de Provence Shea Butter Soap. Try some essential oils in the water to up the moisturizing potential of your bath.
  • If you can't stay away from showering, use warm water, and only wash your face, hands, feet, and between folds of skin. Take short showers, every other day. Too much cleansing removes your skin's natural moisturizers.
  • User 7kimba7 reminded me that using a body scrub or loofah gloves in the shower can help to slough off itchy dead skin cells.

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  • After your shower or bath, dry yourself off slightly and while your skin is still damp, apply moisturizer all over, like this Body Time Shea Butter Moisturizer. Users bhilb and Martini Rossi also are fans of Eucerin because it really helps to moisturize their dry skin.
  • Purchase a humidifier if you don't already have one and use it in your bedroom at night. It'll help with a dry throat as well.
  • Try turning the thermostat down a little. Keeping your home on the cool side might help.
  • Drink water throughout the day, even in the Winter (It's easy to forget since we're not hot). It'll hydrate your skin from the inside out.


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Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
My skin is doing pretty good this winter. I just make sure to put lotion on every part of my body as soon as I towel off after getting out of the shower :)
dubyah dubyah 8 years
Thank you so much! I have been itching sooo bad the past couple of weeks!
emalove emalove 8 years
I have insanely dry skin in the winter, but I find that my humidifiers helps a bit. Also, the body creams and lotions I use work very well too. I agree with you about drinking a lot of water too.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great tips...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
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