Cold weather can take a toll on your skin. As it gets colder, the moisture and oil content in the skin also decreases leading to rashes and dry itchy skin in winter. A winter rash is an itchy and irritated patch of skin caused by dryness due to the cold weather. Without treatment, the rash can last throughout winter.
Fortunately, winter rash treatment is easy. Natural oils like coconut oil and olive oil protect the skin from harsh winter. Petroleum jelly, milk or milk cream, topical treatments and drinking a lot of water also help. Also keep your room heater temperatures moderate and keep your exposure to minimum. Scrub gently to help moisturisers penetrate your skin better. Here are some ways you can find relief from winter rash:
1. Moisturise. A lot.
Moisturisers help lock moisture in to your skin and can effectively help treat winter rashes right at the beginning. Apply moisturisers almost immediately after a bath as the wetness in your skin helps retain moisture better.
2. Natural Oils
Winter rash on face can be annoying. Products with natural oils like olive oil, coconut oil and almond oil that can help soothe irritated skin. Using natural oils is one of the best winter rash remedies.
3. Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum jelly helps seal moisture in to your skin by protecting the external weather from affecting your skin.
4. Apply milk/cream
Milk and cream are rich in fats and don’t just soothe your dry skin rash, but in the long run can make your skin glow. Use ingredients with milk and cream for smooth and supple skin.
Scrubbing may seem like the last thing you want to do, but gentle scrubbing (with a scrubbing cloth) gets rid of upper layers of dry skin so moisturising ingredients penetrate deeper in to your skin for better results.
6. Topical treatment
Cortisone creams help reduce itching, dryness and inflammation. Use more than once a day for best results.
7. Turn your heater down
Bathing in very hot water and high temperatures on your room heater can you rip your skin off of moisture. Use lukewarm water to bathe (always cold water for the face) and keep your room heated to moderate levels.
8. Winter Sun exposure
Winter sun can be harsh on the skin and can leave your skin dark, dry and scaly. Use a good sunscreen no matter what the weather.
9. Drink plenty of water
Cold winters don’t make you thirsty which is why it is all the more important to drink a lot of water during this time of the year. Drinking of plenty water is the best way to stay hydrated and moisturised!
Take preventive steps to avoid drying of your skin, drink enough water and apply plenty of moisturiser to reduce your risk of dry skin.