Winter Skin Guide: 7 Steps to Healthy, Itch-Free Skin

Ditch the winter itch with these simple tips
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Ease your stress to stop the itch

Stressed much? It may have something to do with your winter itch and annoyingly dry skin. “Stress worsens many skin problems, including dry skin, pruritus (itching), eczema, psoriasis, hair loss and many other conditions," says Hudacek. Stress is thought to directly interfere with functions of the skin barrier, she adds.

In the same vein, Hudacek says, lack of sleep exacerbates skin problems. “Sleep allows the skin to repair itself,” she says. She and other experts advise getting at least seven hours of sleep and finding ways to ease your stress, perhaps through meditation, yoga or biofeedback.