Holy hell. I thought my skin was super dry during the winter. However, my 27 winters in Chicago were nothing compared to the cold weather in Denver.
We obviously knew before coming here that the altitude makes things even drier than usual, but I didn’t realize how much my body needs the humidity. Not only do I have the altitude working against me, but I naturally have dry skin (eczema), dry eyes, oh and I’m pregnant. Here are some tactics I’ve been using for both years and just found out upon moving here:
Before Denver, we never thought twice about getting a humidifier. I mean Chicago is humid all year round. However, after noticing that our skin (and the dogs’) became a sky after a month of living here, we purchased a humidifier at the nearby Walmart. Our bodies rely on the correct amount of water to feel good, not to mention function at an optimal level. Lips and eyes (especially mine) also show irritation when they are in need of humidity. Some allergy sufferers tend to feel more comfortable with heightened humidity because it may help soothe the tissues in the throat and nasal passages.
Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream
I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon Tula , however I’m super glad I did. I bought the hydrating day & night cream prior to moving because I felt my skin was in need of an upgraded product, not only does Tula use probiotics in their skin line, but it uses other natural ingredients, and is free from sulfates. The cream is definitely thick, but it’s lightweight enough for daytime wear and delivers deep hydration overnight.
Drinking a Sh*t ton more of water
Ultimately, this is the easiest and most inexpensive way to help your body get as much water as it needs- at least on the inside. As temperatures begin to drop and keep dropping, the air becomes drier and our bodies receive less moisture than they do during warmer months. Our bodies tend to stop wanting us to drink as much water in winter months. As opposed to the summer, it is easy to keep up with our water intake because our bodies’ thirst is a side effect of the heat. Humidifiers help put moisture back into the air, eating water based foods such as watermelons or apples, and eating more hearty soups.
Although I haven’t had an eczema flare up in quite some time, that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped my dry skin regimen. I still lotion 24/7 using the cleanest products, specifically from California Baby. This powerful moisturizer soothes and relieves eczema flare ups with the help of organic, gluten-free oatmeal, calendula extract, and aloe vera. It’s a life-saver for eczema sufferers of all ages. Although I don’t know if Baby Wilson will or ever have eczema like me, I know he/she will definitely have dry skin for as long as we live in Colorado. So why not use the same minimal ingredient lotion that I have been using?