From head to toe, skin problems multiply in the cold, dry air of winter. These problems can be annoying in the best case, but downright embarrassing at their worst! The good news is, there is usually an easy solution!
Itchy scalp: When the scalp is already dry from winter air, using harsh shampoos too often might be making the problem worse. Try switching to a more nourishing shampoo (or one specifically for itchy scalp) for the winter. Also, try cutting back on how often you wash your hair. Allow the natural oils produced on your scalp to stay a bit longer and do their job of nourishing your scalp and hair. Until a couple years ago, I was an every day hair washer myself. I cut back to every other day, then every third day. Presently, I wash my hair three times/week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Every other day, I wet my hair in the shower and use a thick conditioner.
Another good option is doing weekly oil scalp treatments. Coat your hair with coconut oil, massaging it into the scalp. Put on a shower cap, cover your pillow with a towel, and go to sleep! In the morning, wash out the oil, condition, and style as usual!
Red, Raw Nose: Each time the weather changes, I get a head cold! It's so annoying!! It starts as sinus congestion, then progresses until my nose is running like a faucet! The irritation of blowing my nose so often leads to red, raw skin around my nose. Not a good look! At night, slather your nose and any other irritated skin with an extra thick medicated ointment like Aquaphor or Vaseline. The key ingredient you're looking for is petrolatum. Petrolatum is a thick lubricant that helps seal in moisture and heal irritated skin. Sleep with this on your irritated skin and you will see results by morning! Continue sleeping with the product on until your problem disappears!
Chaffed legs: For those that actually shave their legs during the winter (Yay, pants season! LOL), shaving while having dry skin leads to tiny micro cuts that can irritate the skin of the legs. Your legs can become itchy and flaky. To fix this problem, make sure you exfoliate your legs before shaving. Use a body scrub like Sweet Olivia Hand and Body Scrub. Scrub it on your legs before shaving, rinse quickly to remove the exfoliant (salt or sugar) and proceed with shaving. You won't even need shaving cream! Once out of the shower, make sure to moisturize with a body cream. You may need to switch to a thicker cream for winter verses what you use in the summer!
Chapped Lips: Licking your lips while the cold wind is blowing is bound to create a chapped lips problem! Treat this problem just like the red, raw nose issue I mentioned above. At night, slather your lips with a thick emollient. During the day, use a lip balm with wholesome products like Sweet Olivia Lip Balm. My lip balm is made with coconut oil and shea butter to moisturize and nourish, along with beeswax to seal in moisture.
Hopefully these suggestions will work for you! Do you have any other issues with winter skin? Let me know in the comments and I'll give you some suggestions to try!
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**I am not a professional or a doctor. These are tried and true remedies for me and my family. If you have persistent problems, or if your problems seem to get worse, you should consult your doctor. As always, if any product causes any other issues, discontinue use immediately.)