What can you do against dry skin?
We probably know it almost all, it becomes winter and our skin starts to be very dry again. It itches and flakes and looks unattractive. Dry skin often develops in areas that are exposed to wind and weather, such as the face and hands. But also the dry, warm heating air is not that good for our skin and deprives it of moisture. It is therefore important to pay special attention to skincare in winter and, if necessary, to use special greasy face cream for winter or winter hand cream. Often the legs, feet, and scalp are also affected. These areas are less visible in winter, but dry skin usually feels very uncomfortable.
What you can do against dry skin in different places, we tell you in the following!
What to do against dry scalp?
The cause of dry hair and thus also irritated scalp in winter is the dry heating air. Caps also contribute to this by creating a warm and humid climate on our scalp, in which microorganisms form that irritate our skin and promote itching, especially in winter.
Dry skin on the head can be prevented by taking care not to wash and blow dry the hair too hot. It is best to avoid too frequent washing and use care shampoos with a low pH value. For dry scalp in winter, there are also some helpful home remedies that almost everyone has at home and that you can get in any supermarket. There’s more about them further down in the article.
Dry skin on the face
Our face is particularly exposed to winter with its cold temperatures, icy wind and dry heating air. Therefore, it is important to take daily facial care in winter with winter face cream, which has a refatting effect and provides the skin with moisture. But which face cream is the right one for women in winter? For dry skin, a rich cream with a high proportion of lipids is recommended, or creams or gels with aloe vera against dry skin. If the skin is extremely irritated and dry, so that it already shows slight inflammation, ointments with a higher water content should be preferred. There are also home remedies for dry skin on the face, which we have collected below in the article. In addition, you can also find a post on the blog about homemade, nourishing face masks that will help you through the winter.
What to do about dry hands?
Dry skin on the hands occurs increasingly in winter, because the dry air deprives the skin of moisture. This winter we wash our hands even more and use a lot of soap and disinfectant, which contains alcohol and is even more harming for our hands. The question arises, what to do against extremely dry hands? We have collected tips against dry hands for you. First of all, make sure you don’t wash your hands too hot and use pH-neutral soap. For care you can buy a special hand cream for the winter, which is even more caring than normal creams. With this you can also make your own hand mask at the same time. For this you need only thin fabric gloves, which you can buy cheap in a drugstore. Simply cream your hands thickly overnight with your hand cream and pull the gloves over them. So the cream can act overnight and develop its full effect.
Dry skin on the legs
Our shins in particular are often plagued by dry skin in winter. This is due to the fact that they have less blood supply than other parts of the body and due to fewer sebaceous glands, sebum production is already limited. The cold temperatures in winter also cause the blood vessels to contract and even less blood can flow through our shins. What you can do now against this extremely dry skin on the legs we tell you here. To protect the legs from drying out, it is advisable to wrap up warmly and not to do without thermal leggings or tights in cold temperatures. Very dry skin on the legs also needs a lot of care and it is time to cream, cream, cream. The trick with the gloves for dry hands can be applied to the legs, with long cotton stockings instead of gloves. There are also home remedies for dry skin on the legs, which you can find below.
Dry skin on the feet
Our winter shoes are usually very tight and air-impermeable, which ensures that our feet lack ventilation. Our feet start to sweat, the skin swells, and this affects our skin protective barrier. The result is dry feet. What helps against it? Pamper your feet with rich creams and lotions in the morning and evening. They support the natural sebum production and maintain the skin’s natural protective film. Urea and aloe vera are especially recommended against particularly dry skin. Again, the sock trick works wonderfully overnight. Simply apply cream to feet overnight and pull light socks over them.
Dry skin – home remedies
In addition to various care products, there are also home remedies for extremely dry skin, which you often have at home and which usually help just as well.
A proven home remedy for dry, itchy skin in winter is always oil. Whether it’s coconut, almond, or olive oil, the main thing is that it contains plenty of nourishing fat that can be absorbed into the skin and keep it moisturized. Face oil for dry skin is therefore perfect for the winter. You can use coconut oil or argan oil against dry skin or get a special face oil. The oil also protects the hair from external influences with a kind of protective layer. From experience, it is very practical to buy a bottle of argan oil, for example. This will keep for a long time, because you only need small amounts and you can use it for any part of the body, including the hair.
Against itchy scalp natural yogurt can help and relieve the itching. To do this, simply rub some yogurt on the scalp and leave it on for a few minutes. Then wash off with warm water.
Dry skin and diet
Our diet can also help against dry skin from the inside out. Vegetable oils such as those from flaxseed, chia seeds, or hemp seeds nourish the skin with essential omega 3 fatty acids. Orange foods also prove helpful, due to the antioxidants they contain, they prevent dryness. For example, a salad with avocado, oranges, flaxseed oil in the dressing, and chia and hemp seeds as toppings is the perfect dish against dry skin in winter!
It is also important to always drink enough, and this does not mean mulled wine, but water. Our skin is made up of 70% water and is therefore always happy to have enough replenishment. Alcohol, on the other hand, draws water from the skin and has the opposite effect. So choose at the next Christmas dinner rather the children’s punch than the mulled wine, your skin will thank you.