Dear Katie, Can you tell me how to cure my dry itchy winter skin? Thanks Ruthie
Dear Ruthie, the dry heat, cold, and wind of winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Using a humidifier and drinking plenty of water help. But don’t forget the importance of regular exfoliation ( an important part of your skin care regimen) and moisturize, moisturize moisturize! Keeping your skin hydrated is a year round objective.You don’t need to buy expensive things to help your skin feel great.
Keep your “hot” showers and baths to a minimum.
Buy an inexpensive exfoliating mit, glove, or pad ( see photo below).
Use a mild cleanser ( look for a cleanser made with moisturizers).
You can make your own inexpensive exfoliate by combining 2 rounded Tbsp of oatmeal, 1 tsp of baking soda and a little bit of water in a bowl. Mix the oatmeal and baking soda together and add enough water to make a sticky paste. Double the ingredients if you need more. Gently scrub your face and body in circular motions, massaging it onto your skin.Then rinse it off with lukewarm water, end with a splash of cold water and pat your skin dry, then moisturize!
Ruthie, if your dry skin persists, or if you have itchy red patches, or unusual looking dry spots, please see your health care provider. Thank you for your question