Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter
Cold winter weather can bring with it very dry climates both outdoors and indoors. Dry, cold outside air combined with dry air caused by HVAC systems indoors can wreck havoc on skin, leaving it dry, cracked, and susceptible to eczema.
Eczema, asthma, and allergies often go together, so it is important for allergy sufferers to care of their skin in order to avoid the problems associated with dryness. In fact, eczema weakens the skin barrier allowing allergens from the environment to enter your body through small cracks.
The following suggestions will help keep your skin properly moisturized this winter:
- Stay hydrated from the inside out. Drinking plenty of fluids, either in the form of glasses of water throughout the day or frequent meals of soup, helps keep your body and your skin properly hydrated.
- Moisturize with allergy-friendly products such asVanicream Skin Cream. Using personal care products without dyes, fragrances, and other harsh chemicals keeps your skin from becoming irritated while also hydrating. This lotion and Vanicream sunscreen should be used throughout the year by allergy sufferers. Moisturize after washing hands or taking a shower in order to lock in moisture.
- Use a humidifier to counteract the effects of dry air inside the home.Humidifiers keep skin, sinuses, and wood furniture and flooring from drying out during the winter. They help prevent problems associated with very dry air as well as work to keep your home environment comfortable.
- Don't take hot showers or baths. Tempting as it may be to take steaming hot baths or showers during the cold weather months, keep them to a minimum. Hot temperatures dry out your skin more than lukewarm temperatures do. And don't forget to moisturize afterwards!
Taking care of your skin during the winter ensures not only that your skin stays moisturized, but also that you keep your total allergen load under control. Taking measures to control your environment by making it as allergy-free as possible and making sure that you do all you can to prevent eczema outbreaks will help keep your winter allergies at the very least manageable, and at best unnoticeable!