Being warm and cozy is a necessity for most to make it through the winter season, but heating the indoors causes the air to become dry and the moisture in the skin to evaporate. To make matters worse, the humidity in the outdoor cold air is lower than in summer, meaning the skin loses moisture into the environment, causing dry, scaly, cracked skin.
Dry skin can bleed, leading to additional health risks. That is why it is imperative that extra precaution is taken in the winter to keep one's skin supple, hydrated, glowing, and healthy.
Be Generous With Skin Moisturizer
Moisturizers make the skin supple while trapping additional, long-lasting moisture. In addition to applying often to hands, use moisturizer on the more vulnerable parts of the body; the arms, elbows, legs, knees, and feet, especially the heels. It is easier to use preventative methods such as this and keep your skin in good condition than it is to nurse painful cuts and cracks after they form. Some moisturizers contain healing ingredients, such as aloe or coconut oil. Because hot water will dry out the skin, keep a bottle of moisturizing cream near the kitchen sink and tub and apply a generous amount while the skin is still damp. Alternatively, apply cream before submersing the skin in water to help trap in necessary moisture, then reapply again afterward for more serious cases.