Dry Winter Skin
The last thing you want on a cold winter day is your skin feeling tight and dry all over! It can leave your skin feeling itchy and flaky and it strips it of all the protective oils. It can affect your lips, feet, hands, and just make you feel like an uncomfortable raisin.
1. Chapped Lips
One of the earliest and most annoying signs of dry winter skin is chapped lips.
To help get your lips feeling smooth and soft again, make sure you drink plenty of water, and use beeswax or petroleum jelly on your lips. It also helps to put on lip balm or lipstick with an SPF factor when you go outside in the sun.
However temped you may be to lick your lips, don’t. It only provides temporary relief and actually worsens your chapped lips.
2. Cracked Heels
One of the most painful dry skin problems is getting cracks in the back of your heel. In some cases the cracks may become infected and can make the pain even worse, making walking extremely painful.
To battle this, rub petroleum jelly over the cracks, cover it with plastic wrap, and put socks on over it when going to bed. It should get better within a few days.
3. Dry Hands
Since winter is flu season, we tend to wash our hands more often in order to avoid as many germs as possible. Unfortunately this can cause our hands to become very dry and even cause small sores, especially along the fingernails. The way to go is using a glycerin-based moisturizer when you wake up, before you go to sleep, and throughout the day when your hands start to feel dry.
4. Winter Skin
When you are experiencing winter skin all over your body, it is advised that you take a lukewarm bath with oatmeal or baking soda. Also apply moisturizer frequently, and avoid wool or other rough fabrics.
Eczema is an umbrella term used for different types of skin inflammation, and is identified by: dry, reddened, itchy, and burning skin. Eczema can flare up when the skin becomes dry and irritated during winter. Make sure to always stay moisturized and wear clothing that does not irritate the skin.
Psoriasis is basically dry skin on steroids. It occurs due to a “sort-circuit” in the immune system which causes the skin cells to grow much faster. Winter conditions and temperature can worsen psoriasis and make it a big problem. The best way to treat it is by taking short, lukewarm, showers, making sure to stay moisturized, and use humidifiers in the house to make sure that the air is not too dry.
If you have problems with Eczema or Psoriasis, the best advice is to use a very good probiotic to reinstate healthy gut bacteria, because most skin conditions can be linked back to damaged or malfunctioned gut bacteria. The Manna GUT Support was especially formulated to help reinstate healthy bacteria, but also essential digestive enzymes. The product also contains colostrum, which is essential for gut health.