For all of winter’s fireside gatherings, snowball fights, refreshing morning strolls, there are a few less pleasant things that come along too. Enter the dry, itchy skin from the drier climate and indoor heat. Fortunately, there are ways to get serious about a daily hydration routine for your skin.
Prep Your Home
The drier the air, the drier the skin. To maximize the amount of water in the air, place a humidifier in the room where you spend the most time. A cool air humidifier increases the moisture level in the air.
Change Up Your Diet
With a direct connection between your stomach and skin health, increasing your daily intake of fats may help with dry skin. Eat a diet rich in walnuts, olive oil, and avocados. Don’t overdo it with alcohol, caffeine, and coffee.
Buff your Skin
No matter how many moisturizers you use, your skin will stay dry without exfoliation. Use a gentle scrub, something with a mild glycolic or lactic acid to get off the dead skin. If you have severely dry skin, skip the exfoliator and incorporate a wet washcloth instead for a gentler option.
Switch to a Heavy Face Cream
You need to apply some serious moisturizer. Look for creams, rather than lotions, that are made with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. If your skin is extremely dry, use it morning and night.
Hot showers are a no-no
Tempting as hot showers may be on those chilly winter nights, try not to turn up the heat. Hot water is incredibly dehydrating for the skin. Excessive exposure to hot water strips the skin of essential natural oils in the outer layer that maintain proper barrier function. Applying moisturizer immediately after bathing and toweling dry helps to lock in the moisture on your skin.
Be wary of drying skin products
The products you use to wash your skin can also have an effect. Traditional soaps have an alkaline pH that can disrupt your skin’s naturally acidic surface and contribute to drying it out. To avoid this, try using a cleanser that is pH balanced to match your body’s slightly acidic nature, or look for a “gentle” cleanser that will get rid of dirt without disturbing the skin.
Find a routine and stick to it
It’s important to come up with a routine that’s simple and that you can stick with. Instead of trying a million different products, sometimes it’s better to stick with one simple thing, see if it works, and if it doesn’t, then move on.