Hot Cocoa and snowmen are all part of the joy of winter but for many children (and their adults), the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. The cold weather of November-March can also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. And for some people their skin can get so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).
“One of the big culprits of dry winter skin is the constant heat we turn on 24/7 indoors, the skin really gets zapped of moisture,” Stephanie Pascarella, mommy behind Wash with Water. “This is why a consistent skincare regimen is vital all winter long and here are my favorites!”
1.) Moisturize after your bathe
All of our lotions and creams are oil based which are amazing at hydrating and keeping moisture locked in throughout the day versus water based lotions. Plus our blend of Moroccan Argan oil is gentle enough for those suffering from sensitive skin conditions like eczema.
2.) Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
For adults, follow the 8×8 rule (8 glasses of 8 ounces) daily to maintain good health all winter long. It is also a great habit to start teaching your children by substituting one of their milk or juices during the day with a glass of water (if they are over the age of 1 year).
3.) Turn down the water temperature to lukewarm
Of course some freezing days of February may have you running for a hot bath- the intense heat of a hot shower or bath actually breaks down the lipid barriers in the skin, which can lead to a loss of moisture. The best temperature for you and baby is warm and a shorter duration in the water this time of year is also best.
And if winter skin dryness does not resolve, always check in with your local physician for assistance