Dry, cracked or flaky skin is an inevitability over the winter months. Why? Because your skin has a lot to combat! Outside there’s the cold, dry air, blustery wind, and freezing temperatures. Then indoors, central heating - as cozy as it may be - zaps the moisture from the air around you and in turn, your skin. The humidity in the air is lower indoors and outdoors. This causes the moisture in your skin to evaporate more quickly.
Balms and salves, like our deeply nourishing CBD Salve, are the perfect antidote for dry, cracked skin. It contains 500mg broad spectrum CBD that not only soothes irritated skin, but also helps to rejuvenate tired muscles. Read on for more natural remedies and tips to help you combat itchy, red and irritated skin!
If you suffer from a dry, flaky scalp during the winter months, you'll want to incorporate a mask into your self-care routine on a weekly basis. Apply coconut or castor oil directly to the scalp, massage gently, working it from root to tip, allowing the oil to sink in for 20-30 minutes. Then wash your hair as usual. You can even add a few drops of our CBD oil to the mixture for a boost.
Don’t forget to keep your lips moisturized too by regularly applying a natural lip balm to keep them from getting chapped (avoid the go-to petroleum jelly which isn’t good for the planet or your skin).
Believe it or not, sunscreen is important even on the grayest, most wintery days. Even if it’s snowing, the snow can reflect the sun’s rays by up to 80%, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. The sun’s harmful UV rays still permeate clouds and cause damage, so ensure you’re protected with a broad-spectrum sunscreen labeled SPF 15 or higher.
Overly scented and artificial soap or body wash can worsen itchy, dry skin. Instead, try washing with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel. Another important thing to remember is that hydration begins from within, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. Take sips of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty, and even more so if you're enjoying caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
Hands go through a lot, particularly in the winter. They’re almost always uncovered and get washed many times a day. It's best to use a thicker cream or ointment in the winter, as they penetrate the skin better. Keep your light lotions for warmer, humid climates. Wearing waterproof gloves when washing dishes or cleaning around the house can also help maintain hydration.
Even though they’re not on display as often as in the summer, nobody wants cracked heels and dry skin at any time of year. Avoid this by never forgetting to moisturize your feet after bathing. In the evening, you can opt for a thicker ointment specifically for feet, apply generously and put on thick socks while you sleep to let the moisture sink in.
For the home
Air humidifiers are a great winter investment. Run the humidifier in the room you spend the most time in, including your bedroom, and you could notice an improvement in sleep, too.
Cranking up the thermostat is often our first move when it’s cold outside, but this will make the air in your house even drier. Keep the temperature cool yet comfortable, at around 68°F to 72°F to maintain healthy skin.