Most people have a dedicated skin care routine that they stick to year round. But let's face it, winter is hard on your skin. The low humidity, cold, and the wind batter us when we venture outside. Inside, heating systems blast our skin with hot, arid, air. Our poor skin becomes dry, itchy, and uncomfortable. So how do you stop dry skin?
Change The Way You Shower: Don't take piping hot showers. The hotter the water, the faster it strips your skin of natural oils. Instead, dial the heat down a notch. It's best in winter to switch to a moisturizing soap or body wash when showering. To help with dry, itchy skin, use an exfoliating body scrub once a week. This will get rid of dead skin cells and other irritants.
Change Your Moisturizer: Do you normally use a light lotion? Switch to heavier body creams or body butters. Remember to look for ones that contains contain glycerin, oils, or petroleum jelly. These ingredients are the best at helping heal dry skin. Creams are also the best relief for itchy skin. Itchy skin is often caused by skin being dry and uncomfortable.
Use your moisturizing cream right after you shower. This will help lock in the moisturizer. Don't forget to put some moisturizer on your hands and feet. Hands are particularly prone to dryness in winter. If your hands or feet are bothering, consider loading them up with an intensive moisturizer at night. Use moisturizing gloves or socks right before you go to bed to help the lotion absorb and prevent it from smearing on your sheets. You can find these online at Amazon.com or at stores such as Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
Use a Humidifier: One of the biggest reasons our skin become so dry in winter is the low humidity caused by indoor heating. Using a humidifier can add some much-needed moisture to the air. Try placing several throughout your house.
Take Vitamin Supplements: Try treating dry skin problems from the inside out. Taking biotin or fish oil can alleviate dry skin. Take them separately or look for once daily pills or gummies specifically formulated for skin, hair, and nails.
Winter is rough on your skin. But with a few changes in routine and a little TLC you can help your skin bounce back!