When winter settles into our Chicago, IL, apartments, once-soft skin can quickly become dry, itchy and irritated. At best, it's uncomfortable, and at worst, it's downright painful. Luckily, we've come up with some tips to help you stave off dry winter skin so you can enjoy handshakes and hellos without embarrassment.
1. Pick the Right Moisturizer
On the surface, this seems like an obvious answer, but many people opt for lotions that contain perfumes or alcohol — both of which can dry out sensitive skin. On the other hand, a lot of lotions aren't thick enough to do the job right. If you put a dollop of lotion on your palm and turn your hand over, the lotion should stay. If it runs off or drips to the floor, it's not thick enough to combat Chicago's cold winter air.
Look for moisturizers that are formulated with ingredients such as:
- Ceramides (oils)
- Dimethicone (a type of silicone)
- Shea butter
2. Wear Mittens and Socks to Bed
After you've slathered your body in your favorite lotion and performed all of your nightly pre-bedtime rituals, slide your feet into socks and your hands into mittens. These pieces will help keep your appendages warm, which, in turn, will enable the moisturizer to do its best job on your skin.
3. Get Cuticle Cream
Cracked cuticles are no good for anybody. They can become quite painful, and if they end up in a bad situation, they can actually become infected. Keep them soft and moist by applying cuticle cream or oil after you remove your mittens, and apply the substance a few times throughout the day.
4. Shorten Your Shower Time
Although ultra-hot showers can feel good in the morning when you're trying to wake up, the heat can dry out your skin. To avoid this pitfall, shower as quickly as possible and use lukewarm water.
5. Use a Humidifier
Indoor heating can suck the moisture right out of the air. This, in turn, can leave your skin thirsty. A humidifier helps keep moisture in your home and body.
Are you searching for a Chicago apartment that'll welcome you into its warm, cozy community all winter long? We're glad you found The Montrose! Swing by so we can show you around!