Dry, blotchy and red skin are all side effects of the bitter drop in temperatures that we are currently experiencing. The air is also naturally drier in winter, while spending too much time indoors near a heater or fire place also exacerbates dry skin.
When your skin does not have enough protective oils, moisture escapes, causing the skin to become dry and irritated. It is easier to cover up the face with hydrating creams, colour-corrective foundations and super-charged facial oils than the skin on the rest of the body, which means it often goes neglected. Ordinary lotions and creams are not always sufficient enough to combat dry skin and therefore alternative, intense creams must be used to soothe dry, itchy winter skin.
A long hot shower is usually a way to warm up the body, but this can actually cause the skin to become dry. Switch to less aggressive, moisture-rich soaps and body cleansers made for sensitive skins. After a hot shower make sure that you lather on a thick moisturizing cream, as skin is most absorbent when it is warm. Creamy body washers are most nourishing and it neutralizes the effects of chlorine, debris and harsh minerals that exist in tap water.
It can be challenging finding products that are just right for you. There are many lotions and moisturizers on the market to combat dry skin, but very few actually target the problem. Look out for products that contain olive oil, lactic acid, grape seed oil and honey – they are all natural ingredients loaded with antioxidants, antimicrobial and humectants properties. This helps to lock in moisture, which in turn helps make the skin soft and smooth. Plus, the addition of essential vitamins and minerals help to improve the skin’s health.
I made a recent discovery of the healing, nourishing body products from Milk Solutions, which are made in South Africa and are specially formulated to address the everyday exposure of the skin. Milk Solutions combine traditional and non-traditional beauty ingredients with advanced scientific technologies and processes to deliver effective, visible results. The fruity range contains a combination of grapefruit and pomegranate extracts that help target dry skin and nourish and restore. All products are of a high quality, which means that on application the ingredients work to target your specific concerns. The thick body cream moisturizes the skin and forms a protective layer, which will keep the skin comfortable and flare-free. Moisturising immediately after washing can also help to trap as much moisture as possible in your skin.
Untreated dry skin can lead to itchiness and painful cracks, and even dermatitis and eczema, so it is important to treat winter skin with nourishing creams which will help to keep your skin in the best health this winter.