Common Winter Skin Hazards and Cures

Cold weather threats your health in general and your skin in particular. There are some skin hazards which not many people are not suffered from. Here are several common symptoms and cures for skin problems in the winter.

1. Chapped lips

In winter, the lips tend to become dry and possibly cracked possibly due to lack of moisture. Severe chapped lips sometimes bleed and hurt you when contacting to salt or lemonade, for example.

Tips: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and use a humidifier at home. Apply beeswax or petroleum jelly to your lips. Put on lip balm or lipstick with sunscreen every time you go outside. Avoid being in the sun and wind too much. Don’t lick your lips as it makes chapped lips worse.

2. Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are a common foot problem caused by dry skin and also often seen in winter.

Tips: Wear shoes that cover your feet to help keep the skin moist. Drink lots of water throughout the day to help moisturize your body from the inside out. Use petroleum jelly to massage the heels along with wearing a pair of socks overnight.

3. Dry Hands

The cold winter air may influence your hands and make it harder than normal. The dryness of your hands will be more if you wash hands too much.

Tips: Should-do cure is to give dry hands some extra TLC by using a glycerin-based moisturizer when you wake up, before you go to bed, and any time your hands feel dry throughout the day. Buy yourself a gloves and wear it whenever going out.

4. Eczema

One of irritable skin inflammation is Eczema that shows a dry, reddened skin.

Tips: Moisturize frequently with an oil-based ointment that contains sunscreen. Dress in easy-to-peel-off layers to prevent from sweating and overheating.

5. Dry skin on the whole

You face: Choose a gentle, super-fatted, fragrance-free soap, bar or liquid, for cleansing. When choosing moisturizers, read the labels and take one that contains urea, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, or mineral oil.

You body: Take a bath with lukewarm water is a better choice than hot water in a cold morning. Right after bathing, pat skin dry and apply proper moisturizer to retain the water your skin just absorbed.

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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