During the winter months a lot of things are working against your skin; dry air, lack of skin exposure, and the extra layers of clothing we wear to keep us warm. Some people find that keeping your skin moisturized with lotions is not effective enough to prevent chapping and cracking in certain areas of your skin.
For some, there can be a buildup of dry or scaly skin. Ways to remove or soften these areas is by soaking them for 15 minutes in warm or cool water. You can add Epson salt, oilated oatmeal or add body oil to the water to help soften the skin. Rub the area in a circular motion with a soft sponge or cloth to remove the buildup. You can ask your dermatologist or pharmacist as well for other treatment options.
Once out of the water, rub oil or lotion on your skin immediately; while still damp. Ingredients to look for to help moisturize your skin are beeswax, lanolin, shea butter and aloe vera.
Did you know that after you put on lotion you can put on gloves or socks to help skin absorb more moisture? I put socks on my feet after I apply lotion before I go to bed. It does help! There are specific moisturizing gloves and socks you can buy online that have additional skin healing properties.
If you have areas of increased itchiness from dry skin that over-the-counter moisturizing products are not treating effectively, consult with your health care provider or dermatologists about options that may work for you. You may have eczema, so, an over-the-counter lotion or a prescription medication may be required.
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