It’s all fun and games till the winter itch kicks in!
Apart from dryness in the cold winter months, it’s the itch that causes more irritation. So, what makes your skin itch, you ask? With the drop in temperatures, your skin too tends to produce less natural oils. This is, in turn, makes it drier and excess dryness results in itchiness.
But, the good news is that with just a few simple tweaks in your skincare routine, you’ll be able to achieve relief from itchy skin. Here are 4 effective tips to fight winter itch.
- Tip #01: Switch to lukewarm showers
- Tip #02: Moisturise damp skin
- Tip #03: Do not over-exfoliate
- Tip #04: Keep a safe distance from certain fabrics
Tip #01: Switch to lukewarm showers
Hot water is your skin’s worst enemy. Just like your hair cannot deal with too much heat on a daily basis, your skin too reacts when it comes in contact with piping hot water.
While hot water showers are absolutely relaxing in winters, it leaves your skin drier than before. Hot water tends to strip your skin of natural oils, making it dry. And, excess dryness can ultimately leave you with itchy, irritated skin. So, the thumb rule is to say no to hot water to keep pesky winter itch at bay.
Tip #02: Moisturise damp skin
Winter itch bringing your skin game down? Here’s a skincare tip you need to keep in mind while moisturising your skin. Once you’re done showering, pat your skin dry and immediately reach for a winter itch relief cream such as the Vaseline Itch Relief Skin Protectant Cream. Apply it while your skin is damp. Formulated with colloidal oatmeal, this itch relief cream promises to not just relieve itching but also strengthen your skin’s protective barrier.
Tip #03: Do not over-exfoliate
One of the biggest skin sins one tends to make with dry skin is over-washing and over-exfoliating. The cold, winter air is already making your dry skin drier. Over-exfoliating simply adds to your dry skin woes. It makes the surface of your skin rough, bumpy and causes itchiness and irritation. Therefore, limit exfoliation to once or twice a week. And remember to exfoliate gently.
Tip #04: Keep a safe distance from certain fabrics
Did you know that wool is not the best fabric for your skin? Yes, even though it’s winter and it’s time to bring your woollen clothes out, this fabric only adds to your itchy skin woes. Wool can irritate the skin and lead to flare-ups. It is, therefore, important to wear fabric that allows your skin to breathe. Cotton fabric can be your best bet.