I don’t know about you but winter does a number on my skin. My hands always feel dry, (sometimes they crack), and my skin itches...seriously itches. It can be tough to take proper care of your skin in normal conditions. When humidity levels drop, keeping your skin properly hydrated, or preventing moisture loss, can be even more difficult. By keeping the following things in mind this winter, you can avoid dealing with dry, cracked, or chapped hands, lips and skin. In this entry to the Bohemian Brothers Ledger, let’s take a few minutes to discuss How To Deal With Dry Skin In Winter...
AVOID STANDARD BAR SOAP
Regular old bar soap is not the product you need to help cure dry skin. Many times, these mass produced soaps use low quality ingredients that can actually rob your skin of moisture. Our skin produces oil(sebum) to help retain moisture. Inexpensive bar soaps strip away oil, allowing the moisture to evaporate, leaving you with dry, itchy skin.
Find a good, hydrating body wash that is designed to cleanse and nourish your skin. It will help keep the skin clean, while minimizing moisture loss.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR FACE
Next to the hands, your face is the most likely part of your body to become dry or chapped in the cold winter months. It’s almost always exposed to the elements in one way or another. Beard hair wicks moisture away from your skin in warmer weather. Imagine what happens when the air is cold and dry. You’ll want to use beard oil 1-2 times per day to prevent moisture loss and keep the underlying skin from flaking or itching. If you don’t typically use beard balm, now would be the time to start. The heavier butters and beeswax help seal up the hair, providing extra protection against moisture loss.
If you shave, think about adding a Pre-Shave Oil to your routine. It’ll give you a closer shave with less irritation, which is a huge plus if your skin already dry and sensitive. Another benefit of using Pre-Shave Oil is it coats the skin, to help protect against moisture loss. Be sure to finish off with an aftershave balm or lotion to help keep the skin soft and well hydrated between shaves.
LIB BALM CAN BE YOUR BEST FRIEND
Dry, cracked lips can be miserable. .Miserable for you, and miserable for wife or girlfriend. No woman I know has ever commented on how nice it was to kiss a man with lips rougher than sandpaper. Always keep lip balm handy and apply as often as needed. If your lips start to feel dry, throw some on. Don't wait until you feel a crack coming to reach for the lip balm in your pocket. By that time, it’s already too late. Your lip is already cracked if you can feel it, and you’ll have to deal with that annoying pain for a few days while it heals.
Tip for you bearded gentlemen: In a pinch, beard balm can be used as a lip balm substitute in the event you happen to run out. It may not taste all that great, but it gets the job done.
USE HAND SALVE TO KEEP YOUR SKIN FROM CRACKING
The skin on the hands will dry and crack before other parts of your body. While the rest of your body is usually covered with clothes in the winter, your hands are almost always exposed. This means dry winter air draws the moisture out of your hands constantly. The result is extremely dry, chapped, and cracked knuckles and fingertips. Regular hand lotions will replace lost moisture, but wont do much to prevent the moisture loss itself. A good Hand Salve will lock in moisture by creating a barrier on the skin. It also helps soothe and heal chapped or cracked skin on the hands, fingers and knuckles.
WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, TAKE A BATH
If you’re dealing with dry skin itch, it can be tough to get ahead of the problem. In these instances, you need something that will give you an advantage over mother nature. Try a bath oil. Yes, I know it sounds a little odd to some, but trust me on this. The most effective, fastest way to rehydrate your skin is by taking a bath. I’m not talking about hopping in the tub and scrubbing down with soap; that’ll dry you out even more. Just fill the tub with warm water, and before you jump in, add 1-2 Tbs of Bath Oil. Then just hop in and kick back for 10-15 minutes. No soap, no shampoo, just relax and let your skin do its thing. It will absorb water as necessary to rehydrate, and the oil will form a barrier to help the skin retain that moisture. If you suffer from extremely dry skin, try the bath oil 1-3 times per week.
Women use this stuff all the time because it works. If it’s good enough for my wife to use on her skin, it’s good enough for me.
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