As the leaves begin to fall and days start to get shorter you may notice changes happening to your skin. It is common for people to develop dry, itchy skin during the colder months and there are 5 top reasons behind it.
- Cold, Dry Air
Cold air is dry air. In summer the air is warm and moist keeping your skin moisturized without you even realizing it. Once the cooler air arrives, the humidity levels drop and you lose that “natural” moisturizer leaving you with dry skin.
- Harsh Winds
Strong, cold winds can strip your skin of its natural barrier that keeps it from drying out. It is best to cover up your skin during a cold, windy day with long sleeves, a hat and a scarf.
- Cold Outside, Warm Inside – Dry Everywhere
Just because the weather has changed doesn’t mean we stop being active both indoors and out. Going back and forth between cold and warm air can be tough on your skin. Not only is the outside air cold and dry, but the forced warm air in your house is also dry causing your skin to dry out quickly no matter where you go.
- Hot Showers
A hot shower always feels great after coming in from a cold day, but hot showers are very harsh on your skin. Hot water removes many of natural oils promoting dry, itchy skin and causing it to redden and become irritated.
- Itchy Fabrics
Sweater weather is here, but it is important to watch the fabrics you are wearing. Fabrics like wool can cause irritation, leaving you with itchy skin. If you must wear a wool sweater, layer it with a cotton shirt to prevent rubbing.
If you or your child are struggling with hair, skin or nail issues and don’t know where to turn, the experts at Forefront Dermatology are ready to help. To find the Forefront dermatologist nearest you, visit the locations page today.