The summer season comes with its fair share of skin challenges, but none so stubborn and annoying as the winter itch! Yes, the drop in humidity levels, dry air, indoor heating, and winter sun damage contribute to your skin looking dull and feeling itchy. To top it off, extreme dryness makes our skin feel tight every time we try to laugh or smile — literally snatching happiness from our life.
Well, we don’t want to see that smile wipe off from your face and have some tips to prevent excessive dryness and itchiness in the winter season. Scroll down to find out what they are.
- 01. Switch to gentle cleansers
- 02. Add a facial oil to your routine
- 03. Use a soothing winter cream
- 04. Protect it from the sun
- 05. Focus on itchy patches
01. Switch to gentle cleansers
Harsh ingredients present in some cleansers and soaps can zap the moisture out of your skin. A loss of moisture directly affects your skin’s elasticity, making it feel tight. Switch to gentle cleansers, moisturising face washes or cleansing waters that get rid of dirt and impurities without leaving the face feeling tight and dry.
02. Add a facial oil to your routine
Facial oils do more than just intensely nourish your skin. When massaged into the skin, they boost blood circulation to the skin and bring in more oxygen. Include a facial oil in your routine to prevent the dry areas of your skin from acting out. If a pure facial oil is too overwhelming for your skin, you can opt for an oil-infused lightweight serum instead.
03. Use a soothing winter cream
Moisturisation during winter is a must, everybody knows that. But if your skin is prone to dryness and itchiness, you need to go a step further and look for calming ingredients in your winter cream. Emollients and humectants help deal with the issue best, so do a proper label check before picking a moisturiser for the harsh winter months.
04. Protect it from the sun
It’s not just the summers when your skin needs sun protection. The winter sun can be equally cruel on your skin. Dehydrated and sensitised skin can further get irritated by thick SPFs, so use a lightweight and gentle formula to protect your skin from sun damage, without leaving it itchy.
05. Focus on itchy patches
There are more chances of developing itchiness in certain areas, as compared to your whole body. While the above steps can pretty much take care of your facial skin, invest in a good, unmedicated itch-relief cream for your body. Apply it on areas like your upper arms, elbows, knees and back for instant relief from itchiness.