Written By Anjali Goel
In the language of Game of Thrones, Winter is coming. They are pleasant but not so pleasant on your skin. If you live in a place where winters are extremely cold then you must have experienced dry, itchy and flaky skin in those days. It’s irritating to scratch your skin all day.
Everybody has experienced their skin getting dry in winters. But do you know other skin problems that arise due to the humidity-lacking, breezy and chilly air of cold weather? Here are some of the skin calamities of chilly weather that one must keep themselves safe from –
- CHAPPED LIPS
Chapped lips are the worst thing about winters. It mostly happens with people who have dry skin. But lack of humidity inside and dry air outside affects every skin type. Risk of splitting and cracking of lip skin increases with chapped lips. This makes the inner skin prone to infections. The most common mistake that people make is licking their lips to make it wet. This makes the condition worse.
An effective lip balm or glycerine works like magic on lips in winters. But, avoid lip balms that contain camphor, cinnamon, citrus fruit extracts or methanol. Even some of the lip balms carry healing properties that can help with cracking and breaking of lips’ skin. Increase the water intake, too. You can also apply coconut oil as it increases the moisture in the skin and also acts as a barrier to protect the skin from the breezy air of winter.
- CRACKED HEELS
Just like chapped lips, dry chilly air and less humidity of winters causes cracked heels too. They are ugly and unappealing. It can hurt to walk with cracked heels. They can tear out your socks and even stockings. In some cases, cracks in the heels can become very deep and cause pain.
Using a moisturizer can be one of the solutions to heal those heels. Apply any moisturizer that works for you each day and night. Even some medicated socks are available nowadays that contain chemicals to promote moisture to keep your feet healthy. You can also use heel balms that help in exfoliating the dead skin cells. Honey can also work like magic. Research shows that honey moisturizes the skin and helps in healing and cleansing of wounds.
Skin irritation can be caused by various reasons. Winter is one of them. The reason again is dryness in the atmosphere in breezy weather. Scratching the skin where irritation occurs can even cause redness.
Moisturizing the skin is the best solution to it. Keep a small bottle of a good moisturizer with you and apply it whenever your skin goes dry. Another solution can be cold water baths. Steamy hot water makes your skin dry and results in irritation. Normal tap water or lukewarm water keeps the skin hydrated and preserves essential oils. One is also suggested to use specific soaps. You should avoid some soaps and bathing ingredients that contain unwanted products such as fragrance, dye and alcohol. These products can induce irritation.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease. Chances of getting it increase in winters. Psoriasis forms red and itchy patches on various parts of the body such as knees, elbows, scalp and tummy. Chilling temperatures can make psoriasis in your joints, known as psoriatic arthritis, more painful. There are various treatments and even home remedies to treat it. Some of these are listed below.
Again, stay away from hot water baths. Yes, they are satisfying but cause a lot of damage to your body. Maintaining moisture level is the most important thing in winters. Try to keep yourself as hydrated as possible. A humidifier can help to increase the humidity of your room. Avoid wool too. You must be thinking, how can we avoid wool in winters? We know that you can’t. But you can wear cotton or silk under wool to avoid getting in contact with your skin. And yes, don’t scratch your area where there is psoriasis. It can make the situation worse.
- COLD URTICARIA
Cold urticaria is just like sun allergy but from cold. It is also known as cold hives. It is a skin reaction that mostly occurs in winters. In this, reddish and itchy hives are developed on the skin after minutes of being exposed to cold. Symptoms vary from person to person, body to body. Some people get mild symptoms, others can have severe ones. Those who suffer with serious symptoms can even experience low blood pressure or even unconsciousness while spending too much time in water such as swimming or bubble baths. Swollen lips and mouth after exposure to cold drinks is also one of the symptoms of cold urticaria. In such conditions, it is advised to consult a doctor but some tips and home remedies can help in curing.
One must stay as warm as possible to cure cold urticaria. When you go outside, cover your skin properly so as to lose contact with the cold air outside. One must take care of things that can exfoliate your skin such as woolen clothes. You can try wearing cotton, silk or something soft under woolen clothes to keep the skin away from wool. If all this doesn’t work, consult a dermatologist, get yourself tested and consume the medicines that they prescribe you.
Winters refers to peaceful nights and happy days. Sun feels like your best friend, hot drinks seem like caretakers and blankets are your first love in breezy winters. But one must take care of their skin as irritated, itchy and red skin can spoil all the cozy fun of winters. We hope you found the article helpful.