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4 Ways to Say Goodbye to Dry Skin This Winter

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It is very common to experience more dryness in our skin during winter months. People with a dry skin type are no strangers to having to make up for lack of moisture in their skin, but the rest of us can learn a thing or two from them to help our skin look and feel better in winter with the extreme cold temperatures that bring lower humidity, wind and snow/sleet along with it. My goal is for you to feel good in your skin in every season, so try these 4 ways to say goodbye to dry skin this winter. We can combat symptoms and conditions we experience during this time by making a few subtle changes. Try them out, I promise your skin will be healthier looking and feeling--you can thank me later.

Turn Your Heat Down/Focus on Humidity

You may be surprised to hear that the conditions inside your home contribute to how your skin looks and feels during the long, cold months of winter. That is because we turn the heat up high causing warm, dry air. Consider turning your heat down and wearing more layers to keep warm instead. We all know we have enough oversized cardigans and hoodies to make this an easy change. Another way to combat dry skin is to invest in a humidifier to help increase moisture in the air during dry weather creating a less extreme environment for your skin. It is best to have one on every level of your home but having one in the room(s) you most commonly can also help make a difference.

Stop Using Hot Water to Bathe/Cleanse

Another habit to break in winter {all seasons really}, is taking steaming hot showers and/or using hot water to cleanse your face. Generally speaking, it is best to use lukewarm water for bathing and cleansing to keep your skin's moisture level locked in as well as not to exacerbate skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema. I know what you are thinking, what about my long, hot bath/shower?!!! Listen, I am the messenger here, but it is truly best to keep baths and showers short and use lukewarm water, not hot. I know, I died a little inside just typing that, believe me.

Switch Your Skincare Products

Consider switching to a gentle cleanser and using a heavier moisturizer. Most people need to do this during different seasons based on their skin needs. Products that contain AHA's, alcohol, retinoids, and fragrances tend to dry the skin. It is best to avoid these ingredients during the harsh winter months. Rather, look for products that include ingredients such as glycerin or hyaluronic acid (humectants), which draw moisture to the skin and its surface. Before you come at me about retinoids, let me explain further. I listed them here because they do tend to cause dry skin due to the potency of these ingredients. That said, using them during winter is considered safer due to less sun exposure. This is one of those times where you need to make a choice on what is best for YOU, the skin you are in as well as what it is you are trying to treat {and the symptoms you are willing to deal with in treating those skin conditions}. Using skin oils and skin butters is another great choice to help seal in moisture. Shea butter, jojoba oil and lanolin are highly effective.

Reapply Moisturizer as Needed

Re-applying moisturizer throughout the day as needed, especially after a shower/bath and/or washing your hands is another way to help combat dry skin. Be careful not to go overboard applying too much moisturizer. You may confuse your skin into slowing down production of the oil it needs to stay hydrated. Too much of a good thing is never a good thing. Remember that.

Have you been dealing with dry skin in winter? Will you try any of these habits? If so, let me know in comments.


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