Winter. The time of year when your skin spends it’s days in the office or at home, under heating systems, begging for moisture. You may find yourself itching and scratching at your arms and legs and attempting to reach that dry spot on your in the middle of your back.
Dry, itchy skin is troublesome any time of year…and if you suffer from it, you know that’s true.
If you suffer from flaky, dry and itchy skin that is worse during the cold, winter months, here are three tips to help you get your skin feeling softer and looking smoother for the coming year:
- Exfoliate – Use a salt or sugar-based exfoliating scrub as a natural way to rid your body of dry, flaky, dead skin that has built up over the summer. Apply the scrub to your legs and arms and anywhere else on your body your skin is dry. Rub it in for 30-60 seconds and rinse with warm water. Do this in the shower at least twice a week. Recipes for less-expensive DIY scrubs are available online, so do your research, create your own scrub and exfoliate your way to softer skin.
- Consider Body Brushing – Brushing benefits your teeth and hair and can benefit your body as well. Look for a body brush that is specifically designed for skin and dry-brush yourself all over for about 10 minutes a day, preferably before showering or bathing. Although it may sound counter-intuitive, it’s not. You will improve your circulation and notice a difference in your skin within a few days.
- Moisturize – If you aren’t applying a good moisturizer or body butter to your skin, you’re asking for itching. The key is to seal in the moisture. Look for a heavy-duty, moisturizing body butter or cream that is specially designed to seal in moisture after you bathe or shower and apply it while your skin is slightly damp.
Plan to take better care of your skin – and get it in tip-top shape for the year ahead!