Cracks in the skin are fissures that form in the surface layer of the skin, in the epidermis. Although these fissures can appear in our skin at any time of the year, they are very common in winter with the cold, they also occur as a result of wind, humidity, as well as environmental dryness.
You may ask yourself the following question, what is the cause of skin cracking? The skin cracks due to dehydration and irritation, resulting in small cuts that can even bleed.
They are reddish lines and cause pain especially when moving. Cracks or fissures in the skin can appear in different areas such as the face, lips, extreme sides or corners of the lips, hands, fingers, heels of the feet, ears, nose, in general to the parts more exposed to cold and humidity.
Cracks are also common in the nipple area, especially while the woman is breastfeeding, during lactation.
Before exposing ourselves to the cold, we must pay attention to a series of tips and measures to protect and take care of the areas that tend to crack:
- Protect yourself from the cold, go out warm, and especially cover the areas most exposed to the cold, such as hands, ears, wear gloves, earmuffs, hat, and scarf.
- For daily hygiene of both hands and body, use mild, hypoallergenic soap with a neutral ph.
- Keep facial skin well hydrated with a nourishing moisturizer and enrich it with vitamin E.
- Protect lips with protective lip balm.
- Moisturize your hands with a nourishing moisturizer enriched with the following vitamins, A, B, C, and E.
If even protecting your skin from the cold, from environmental agents, and following the care that we have mentioned before, our skin cracks, we can resort to natural remedies.
We can prepare these natural remedies at home or get them already prepared in herbalists, Para pharmacies, or natural product stores.
The natural preparations of herbs and medicinal plants can be obtained in different formats, to make infusions, in extract or in essential oils.
Natural remedies to improve cracks in the skin
Honey for chapped skin
The cracks produced in the skin can be treated with honey. Honey helps soothe and protect the skin from infection. We just need to put a little honey on the cracked area.
Another way to apply honey is by putting a little honey on sterile gauze and places it on the crack then put a dressing on top to hold it.
Homemade honey and sweet almond oil balm for chapped lips
We will prepare this homemade bomb in the following way: A teaspoon of honey mixed with a teaspoon of sweet almond oil, we mix and then we put it on the chapped lips.
Honey and sweet almond oil hydrate and help heal chapped lips.
Argon vegetable oil
Vegetable oils have beneficial properties and vitamins to improve cracks in the skin as they promote healing and also help to regenerate the skin.
We will apply a little argon oil on the cracked areas of our skin. When buying vegetable oil, it is better to opt for virgin oils, from organic sources.
Other beneficial vegetable oils that we can turn to are: wheat germ oil, sweet almond oil, sesame oil, avocado oil.
Yarrow infusion for cracks
Yarrow is a medicinal plant that has healing properties. For the yarrow infusion we need 200 ml of water and a tablespoon of yarrow.
We put the water to boil and once it boils we add the tablespoon of yarrow. We turn off the heat, cover the infusion and let it rest covered. We strain the infusion and when it is cold we can use it.
To apply it on the cracked areas we will soak sterile gauze and put it on the cracks
Apply vitamin E capsules on the cracks
The Vitamin E is very beneficial to regenerate skin. To apply vitamin E on cracked skin, we just need to open the capsule and apply the content on the cracked areas.
The vitamin E capsules can also be incorporated into the moisturizing cream that we usually use to care for the skin of our face; vitamin E helps us to slow down the aging of the skin.
We only need to open a capsule and mix it with the moisturizer or wrinkle cream; we can also put vitamin E in our night cream.