If you live in Pennsylvania, you know that everything dries out in the winter including your skin. Because of this, your skin becomes very itchy. Trust me I know. With the combination of the winter itch and my belly stretching (from being pregnant), I feel like I could dig a hole in my skin from scratching.
Well as you may already know, I worked 9 years as a medical assistant in dermatology. This is what the professionals recommend to get rid of that winter itch.
- Take 10 minutes or less in the shower. If your skin wrinkles, you have been in too long. Wrinkles (from being in the shower too long) mean dehydration.
- Before drying off, rub baby oil or mineral oil over your skin.
- After drying off, use a thick CREAM (Cetaphil or the drug store brand of Cetaphil is my favorite) on your skin. If it comes in a pump bottle, it is not thick enough. (Lotions are not thick enough and often times are more irritating to your skin)
- If you can stand it, rub petroleum jelly on your skin before bed.
After taking control over your skin (or if you only have a mild itch to begin with), you don't have to continue with every step. You can usually manage it with just oil or cream.
I hope this is helpful to you. (It is also safe for babies.) For other great tips check out Works for me Wednesday at Rocks in My Dryer.