Winter skin care 1;Causes and prevention of dry skin symptoms

  Skin dryness can cause skin trouble by blocking pores if left unattended due to the lack of moisture on the skin. In jargon, it is winter fever and dryness, and if the symptoms are severe, it can be caused by dry eczema. Continuous scratching or rubbing due to itching can cause erythema, cracking, ulcer, hives, pigmentation, etc. These dry skin problems occur more often in the front of the shins, in the arms, in the sides and back of the hand.

 Another factor in dry skin in winter is poor bathing habits. Before the '80s, it was common to go to a local bathhouse once a week and take a bath. However, as hot water became available at home at any time, excessive baths caused dry skin.
 It is recommended not to take a scrubbing bath to maintain healthy skin. Bathing is often known as a way to moisturize the skin, but in reality, it is more likely that the skin becomes dry after bathing due to excessive soap use and scrubbing habits.
 The skin is covered with a thin layer of dead skin cells about 0.01mm, which plays a major role in moisture protection. However, excessive bathing, especially scrubbing dirt, destroys the dead skin cells and causes loss of moisture. Once destroyed, the dead skin cells need at least 1 to 2 weeks of recovery period, so it is recommended to take a light shower for at least 1 to 2 weeks and not take a bath in case of severe dirt.
 It is said that the number of showers and baths should be 2 to 3 times a week, and the bath and shower time per episode should be within 10 to 15 minutes to protect the skin's health. Never scrub the dirt in a bath, including wiping yourself with soap on a regular towel as well as a dedicated towel. The soap uses weakly acidic or neutral soap containing fat, and the soapy material is rubbed gently by foaming only the areas where the skin folds or sweats.
 When removing moisture after taking a bath, do not rub it, but gently wipe it by gently pressing the towel on the skin. It is recommended to apply moisturizer with water vapor generated during the bath, so it is better to apply it before opening the bathroom door.
 Apply moisturizer all over the body, especially on the outside of the arms and legs. It is recommended to apply products that are less oily on the face, especially the T-zone area, even if you have oily skin. However, oil-rich products are good for hands and feet, and cream-type products are more effective for dry skin than lotion.