Your skin is red in the winter, and it’s definitely not a sunburn. Rashes can come out in the winter for many reasons, and at the worst of times. The rash comes easy, but luckily, so does the fix.
Your presents aren’t the only thing you should be wrapping this holiday season! Dry skin is both caused and aggravated by the dropping winter temperatures. When humidity falls as the temperature drops, our skin gets tighter, but not in the way we’d like. Begin by defending yourself against the elements by wrapping a scarf around your face. Rotating scarves or washing your scarves is a good idea to keep bacteria away from your face.
Adjust the Temperature
This seems counterintuitive in the winter, but it’s a rule that will be repeated to improve skin health in many ways. Brave the elements and turn down the hot water in the shower–one of the main contributors to dry skin, and also one of the easiest to control. Decreasing hot air in the car will also show improvement if your skin is dry in the winter, especially if you’re spending a lot of time in the car.
Need moisture? Moisturize. Seems easy enough, but it is important to use a medical-grade moisturizer that will lock moisture in during the winter months–it will be heavy, but won’t clog your pores.
You should be drinking a lot of water this holiday season. Our foods tend to get heavier around the holidays, mostly because we’re dining out or cooking for large groups. Well-hydrated skin is resistant to irritation and can heal itself better if a rash appears.
Talk to a Specialist
If you find that you get rashes every winter, easily, or you just can’t get rid of them, you should speak to a specialist. Identify a specific path of improvement to make you and your skin more comfortable.