Winter Itch

Older adults are especially vulnerable to dry, heated air in rooms with central heating that gives rise to “winter itch.”  Skin is most supple when the humidity is 70%, however, when the humidity drops to 10% in the winter, water loss through the skin into the air causes the skin to become dry and itchy.  Simply treating this problem with an application of oil leaves winter-itch sufferers with nothing more than oily dry skin.  Instead, the key is to try to use moisturizers to hold moisture in the skin.

To accomplish this, try applying a moisturizer within three minutes of emerging from the shower while the skin is still wet.  If dry skin, scaling, or itching persists, you may want to consider making an appointment with a dermatologist.  In addition, as we age, our skin undergoes a number of changes—how skin ages will depend on several factors: lifestyle, diet, heredity and personal habits such as smoking and drinking.

With Faith Woodward, Director of Admissions and Marketing at Barclay Friends—where older adults will find a spirit of community that embraces the realities of aging while promoting the joys of living.  To learn more, please call 610-696-5211 or visit our website,