For many people, the winter time brings itchy skin, often referred to as Winter Itch. It may or may not come with a rash – small, low-grade bumps. But the most obvious symptom is the itchiness.
The biggest cause of winter itch is dry skin. Less humidity in the air and cold temperatures certainly contribute to dry skin but many of us add to the problem with long hot showers or baths. Hot water strips your skin of essential oils, drying out the outer layer of the skin and with it, decreasing the moisture in the lower layers of the skin. Soap and other chemicals can also add to the dryness.
To help soothe dry, winter skin:
Cut showers down to a maximum of 10 minutes and don’t take more than one shower every 24 hours.
Lower the temperature of your shower or bath. While hot water is more relaxing, it also dries out your skin.
Use moisturizing shower products and use fragrance and dye free mild soaps.
When done your shower, pat dry and liberally apply moisturiz...
Seasonal allergy sufferers are still enjoying the absence of outdoor allergy triggers as the days of winter come and go. If you are fortunate enough to have avoided severe colds, sinus infection and flu symptoms up to now, the outlook is good. On the other hand, those who are sensitive to indoor allergy triggers have not experienced as much of a decrease in allergy symptoms .
Furthermore, people with chronic skin conditions such as eczema or xerosis (dry skin) often have more problems during the winter months.
Atopic dermatitis is an allergic form of eczema that may be worsened by dry skin. You can learn more about allergic and non-allergic eczema by clicking here: Eczema .
Xerosis is a condition that involves excessively dry skin and may occur in allergic or non-allergic settings. People of all ages, both genders and many ethnic groups suffer from this problem.
What are the signs and symptoms of xerosis?
The skin appears dull, rough and scaly. Sometimes t...
Here in Northern California the rainy season is finally over. This means that for the next few months we are unlikely to see any rain, and very few cloudy days. For someone who has lived most of her life in New England, this is a gift. In New England, winter of course means many months of dreary, cloudy days, but summer is not much better in terms of the amount of sunshine. Summer there means more heat, not necessarily more sun. Not only do we see more of the sun here in California, but it's unbelievably strong compared to the Northeast, even during the winter. I've always been a sun worshiper. I'm not interested in getting a tan; I just love being in the sun. It always amazed me that other people weren't dying to be outside every single second of a sunny day. Granted, I'm a little more blasé about it out here since I know that each sunny day is likely to be followed by another one, but I did panic this morning when the fog rolled in and obscured the sun for a couple of hours...
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