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How to Deal with Cold and Sensitive Skin

The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder, and your skin might become even drier. Discover the best ways to soothe dry and itchy skin when dealing with cold weather and sensitive skin.

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The days are getting shorter, the air is getting colder, and your skin is getting drier. As we head into the winter months, it’s common for the skin to become cracked and irritated.

This is due to low humidity levels eliminating the moisture from your skin. In this post, we’ll share our best tips on how to deal with cold and sensitive skin. 

Sensitive Skin to Cold Weather

There’s no denying that cold weather can affect sensitive skin. When exposed to low temperatures, the skin can develop a rash. The areas most likely to be affected are often the ones exposed to the elements such as the hands and face. You may notice redness, swelling, flaking skin, and possibly even blisters.

As dry skin is often accompanied by itchiness, you’ll likely notice that your skin is itchier as well. Those who suffer from skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis are more likely to notice the toll of cold weather. 

Ways to Soothe Sensitive Skin

Thankfully, there are some natural treatment options you can try and some simple lifestyle changes you can make to combat the cold weather and control your itchy symptoms. Here are our favorite ways to keep your skin healthy and glowing all year long.

Stay Hydrated

If your skin is feeling parched for moisture, do yourself a favor and drink plenty of water. You should aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. This will not only improve your complexion and give your skin a radiant glow, but you’ll also help rid the body of toxins.

As an added bonus, restoring hydration to your skin can also help prevent wrinkles! 

Moisturize your Skin

Soothe dry and itchy skin by applying a natural moisturizer. We love this Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream because it gives the skin a boost of much needed hydration without any burning or stinging. Soft and creamy, this oil-based balm is made with just 6 ingredients – all natural! Gentle enough for babies and adults, apply daily to nourish chapped skin or dry patches. 

Reduce Shower Times

Water, particularly hot water, can have a drying effect on the skin. Because of this, we recommend reducing shower times and using lukewarm water instead of hot.

When washing, it’s also important to use a natural soap that won’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Avoid any harsh scrubbing or rubbing, and be sure to pat dry with a towel when you are finished. Don’t forget to moisturize your skin afterwards! 

Dry Wrap Therapy

For immediate, short-term relief for itchy skin, give dry wrap therapy a try. This is an easy at-home treatment. Simply apply a natural cream to the problem area and then cover with clothing such as these hypoallergenic sleeves. Made from all-natural fibers, the bandages allow emollients to safely permeate the skin. Wear overnight or for a minimum of two hours. 

Best Fabric for Sensitive Skin

As the clothes you wear come into direct contact with your skin, it’s important to choose fabrics that work well with sensitive skin. Common fabric culprits that tend to irritate the skin include synthetic fibers like polyester, nylon, and latex. We love Remedywear™ because it was specifically designed for those with sensitive skin.

All garments are made with soft silky TENCEL™ and embedded with anti-inflammatory zinc to help reduce itching and soothe irritation. 

We recommend this Long Sleeve Shirt for Adults and this Long Sleeve Shirt for Kids if you or your little one suffer from sensitive skin on the chest or back. The lightweight fabric is easy to layer, making it perfect for wearing underneath regular clothing during the day. Featuring natural moisture-wicking properties, it truly keeps you comfortable all day or night.

Our other favorites include: Remedywear™ Pants for Adults and Kids and this Remedywear™ Scarf for Adults and Kids.