The skin usually becomes dry in winter. One should look for the symptoms of dry skin such as irritation, redness, flaky and dull skin , itchiness and scaling, etc. Sometimes the skin gets so dry that it starts to bleed. This happens particularly on finger tips.
So what are the pre-cautions one must take against dry skin ? The simplest solution is to keep your skin hydrated. Intense heat from the heater and cold wind cause the skin to become dehydrated. Also taking long showers with hot water will break down the skin’s natural protective oils. It is good to use a body lotion right after a shower on damp skin as it will seep and absorb in the body.
Avoid using anti- bacterial soaps and use mild soaps and cleansers in its place such as Dove or Aveeno. Drink plenty of water and keep bedding and the clothes you wear of breathable material. Also keep a humidifier in areas where there’s heating as heating can dry out the air in your home. Taking Omega-3s i.e. fatty acids in the form of walnuts, salmon, broccoli which can also help keep skin supple.