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Dry Skin in the Winter? Try these tips!

The winter’s upon us again and sure enough my dry skin is back with a vengeance. All summer I use my pure shea oil to keep my skin moist and feeling good but once the weather turns, so does my skin and it becomes unbearable. It’s a good thing I learned how to cure this condition. Last year I wrote about how to take care of itchy burning skin, so I thought I would re-post it for those of you who might not have seen this blog or for those who have just joined our Grohen family.

THE THINGS YOU LEARN IN THE NAIL SALON

It seems that every season when the weather changes so does my skin. It never fails, it starts with a burning, itching feeling from the inside out (almost like a hot flash) and no matter how much I scratch; it never feels better. If I go to a warm place, like Florida, within 24 hours the burning/itch it gone and I feel just fine until I return home to the cold weather and the itching starts again.

I have never had visually dry skin. It always looks soft and moist, but the truth is the cold weather takes its toll and turns my skin into a painful itchy mess. This is going on for years and no matter how hard I tried to moisturize with various products, the itch was still there.

Dry skin can be caused by several underlying medical conditions, but in researching them, I didn’t seem to fit in to any of the obvious categories; I just itched all over.

I was sitting in my nail salon one day, scratching away while a “nail” friend asked me why I was scratching so badly. After I explained my dilemma, she said “ah, I have the same thing and I also have a cure”. She told me what she did and it sounded too extensive and quite silly, but I listened and thought that the reason our skin gets so dry in the winter time is the lack of moisture and dryness in the air. So I took her advice, modified it a bit and thought I would give it a try.

The next day I showered, not too hot, I used a moisturizing soap, and when I finished, I patted my skin dry (don’t rub) and I applied a water based lotion to my body, especially in the most affected areas. After applying the lotion, which was nice and cooling, I then topped it off with my body oil which sealed in the moisture and to my surprise, I didn’t scratch all day!!

I have been doing this treatment for several weeks now and I feel like a new person. Isn’t it remarkable how little lifestyle changes can help prevent the dry skin syndrome.

This is what I learned:

* Showering time should be no more than 10 minutes
*Don’t take extremely hot showers
*use a liquid moisturizing soap
*after showering, pat your body dry
*moisturize with a water based lotion
*Then put your body oil to seal in the moisture.
*Drink plenty of water

If you have similar issues, I’m telling you it works! But don’t forget to use lotions that do not contain parabens!

I now have it covered all ways. Ahh, the things we learn at the Nail Salon.

Author: Olga Cohen

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