Cold winters are welcomed by many, however; the drop in temperature often results in decreased moisture. The impact of this is dramatic upon the body; it often leads to dry and itchy skin, this is often referred to as the winter itch. The problem is a result of the moisture loss from the skin due to the drop in humidity levels in the environment. Winter itch may happen in specific areas like thighs, around knees, back or all over the body. If you too are experiencing the same then it is the time to take some corrective measures that would help you avoid things. Following are the things that will help you counter it, the home remedies are ample to get you rid of it.
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- The first thing that you need to do is that you should avoid taking long hot showers. As much as relaxing it sounds hot water strips off the moisture from the skin making it dry and leading to itching. Avoid doing it, instead, let the water be lukewarm and take short hot showers if need be.
- Using something like Oatmeal will help restore natural moisture and is a natural exfoliate too infused with Vitamin E. Grind it in a cup full water and form a paste, apply it on the itchy area, cover it with a cloth for 30 minutes. Then wash off with lukewarm water. Doing this daily will help get relief from itchy skin. Soaking in oatmeal in the bath tub too can be done.
- Milk cream is the best remedy and perhaps the age old remedy that helps treat dry skin immediately. Mix two teaspoons of it in a teaspoon of milk; add a few drops of lime juice to it. Apply it on the affected area; let it stay for 30 minutes. Then wash off. This will give you super soft skin.
- Immediately (within a minute) after the bath, apply oil this can be coconut oil, almond oil or even olive oil. Massaging it instantly after the bath will help the skin absorb it within the cells leaving your skin soft and glowing for hours.
- If your skin is already the dry category then applying two teaspoons of honey and leaving it on for about 15 minutes will help you a lot. Wash off with lukewarm water. With its antioxidant properties, it helps heal skin faster with good results.
- Using a tablespoon of Rose water + teaspoon of glycerin are the best for providing a hydrating effect to the skin.
- You can also apply/ massage some oil on the dry part of the body in the night and leave it overnight. After morning bath you will feel your soft skin.
Using these remedies will help you in getting rid of itchy winter skin; these are home remedies that will provide you instant relief. You can use these as a combination therapy or on its own as you feel like. However, it is to be remembered that one is not to use any of these if the skin is broken or inflamed. Consulting your dermatologist for hypersensitivity or excessive itchy skin is something that needs medical attention.