What is the ‘winter itch’?
The winter itch is a common name for generalized itching of the skin during winter caused primarily by dry skin.
Commonly, it’s the summer season when our skin receives a lot of our attention, but the cold, dry air outside and the warm, dry air inside throughout winter months can cause our skin to become dehydrated and may exacerbate some skin conditions.
Steps for skin care this winter
- Clear away old skin cells
The clearer the skin, the deeper a moisturizer can penetrate.
Exfoliate gently – a soft scrub is all you need.
- Moisturize daily
Use thick, heavy moisturizer: these have more staying power and keep water from evaporating from your skin.
- Clean the right way
Avoid long, hot showers and baths; choose non-scented, mild cleansers or soap-free products; apply moisturiser immediately after washing
- Maintain a dry-skin diet
Drink plenty of fluids and eat food rich in essential fatty acids (e.g. omega-3) to help maintain your skins natural, moisture-retaining oil barrier.
- Speak to your local community pharmacist
They can advise you on suitable moisturisers and vitamins for your specific skin needs.
Did you know?
It’s important to take extra care of your skin throughout the winter months as the environmental factors that contribute to dry skin can be worse during this time.