Not everyone faces dry skin but, if you have to struggle with this condition, then you know how much worse it can get in the winter. There are lots of reasons your skin gets drier in the winter months. For starters, the air tends to be drier, too, so there is less moisture available to absorb through your skin. Add the drying nature of indoor heating and you have a recipe for disaster.
There are some things that contribute to dry skin that you simply have no control over. These include the ambient humidity in the environment, age and the genetic makeup that determines how many oil glands your skin has. Luckily, there are even more things you can do to help prevent or ease the symptoms of dryness. This year when the weather starts to turn cooler, try a few of these options to keep your skin soft, smooth and supple throughout the winter.
What Can You Do To Avoid or Treat Dry Skin?
There are plenty of things you can do to both prevent dry skin, or to treat it if it has already reared its ugly head. Start by adding moisture back into the air where you spend the most time. While all heating systems dry indoor air to some degree, if you heat your home with wood or a forced-air system, you are already at a disadvantage. Add a humidifier in rooms where you spend a lot of time. If that seems to work, you may want to consider having a whole-house system installed.
Water may seem like your friend when you are dry, but it doesn't necessarily work like that. Very hot water actually strips natural oils from the skin and leads to drying. That is why experts recommend that you avoid using extremely hot water for showers or baths during the winter. Installing a water softener system can help remove minerals that can contribute to dry skin. And while you should drink plenty of water to stay fully hydrated, most dry skin has absolutely nothing to do with hydration levels. So, drink up, but do it for your overall health and not to combat dry skin.
Topical moisturizers of any type are a crucial line of defense because they seal in moisture so it doesn't get drawn from the skin. When you get out of the shower, gently pat your skin and then apply a thick moisturizer while it is still slightly damp. Even if you are able to use a very light moisturizer in the summer, you may find the need for a heavier cream or oil-based product for the dry winter months.
How Does CBD Help?
CBD moisturizers have entered the market, and they are increasingly popular. Although most evidence supporting its use is anecdotal, CBD appears to be incredibly moisturizing. It is most commonly applied as an oil that is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins such as A, C and E. All of those are soothing and nourishing for the skin. Its benefits go beyond providing moisture, however.
CBD also has anti-inflammatory properties. In the same way that it soothes pain and inflammation when taken internally, it also helps combat swelling in the skin and underlying tissue when applied topically. This can alleviate itching and discomfort associated with excessively dry skin. It also promotes healing of cracked or infected patches, like those that often appear after prolonged exposure to cold or hot water. Some research has shown it to be as effective as topical steroids against inflammation, but it has the advantage of fewer side effects and can be sued on highly sensitive areas of the body where steroid use is discouraged.
Those qualities, when combined, make it an excellent option for treating conditions that cause or are caused by dry skin. A few examples of the dermatological conditions that might benefit from CBD treatment include psoriasis, eczema and acne.
With proper care, you can avoid most of the dryness that has plagued your skin in past winters. Use gentle showering techniques and an appropriate moisturizer for the best results.