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Battling the Cold Winter - Tips for Dry Skin

Winter is about to set in soon, so it’s time to say goodbye to those beach shirts and vibrant summer dresses, and bring out your long coats, boots, hats, scarves, and other items needed to beati the chill. However, the onset of winter also means your skin might become excessively dry from the cold and dry air outdoors. In fact, the dry heated air inside your home also reduces the natural moisture levels of your skin, causing it to become flaky, itchy, and irritated. We don’t want this to happen, so here are a few tips to help take care of your skin during the cold winter months.

Moisturize Thoroughly

This might be obvious, but cannot be stressed enough. Your skin loses moisture during winter, so you need to hydrate it often and on a regular basis. Dehydrated skin occurs due to lack of humidity in the winter air, causing the skin to look flaky and dull. Moisturizing it regularly will help protect the skin from water loss and even maintains a healthy barrier to prevent dryness. 

Structure a skincare routine that includes a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to use during the day, then include an intensive night cream before going to sleep at night. Adding this crucial beauty regimen into your routine will ensure your skin is getting nourished, hydrated, and protected against uncomfortable dryness or cracking. Dermatologists also recommend non-water based creams to restore skin hydration. If you have sensitive skin, try to select moisturizing products with natural and organic ingredients that don’t cause further  damage. Steer clear from harsh detergent soaps that contain fragrance oils and synthetic chemicals as they deplete your natural skin-protecting oils. Aim for a mild, natural, moisturizing soap, when you can.

Your beauty routine should also include an anti-aging and anti-wrinkle product to keep the skin hydrated while also combatting fine lines and wrinkles. Since it is dehydration that ultimately leads to wrinkles becoming more prominent, ensuring the skin is moisturized as the air dries out is vital.

Exfoliate Regularly

It is a misconception that only those with oily skin need to exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation is recommended for all skin types, although the frequency differs. Dull skin means there is an accumulation of dead skin cells that clogs pores and robs the skin of its natural radiance.  Exfoliating will help reduce dry, dull looking winter skin by removing buildup. This will promote a healthy skin cell turnover rate restoring your glow to get healthy skin regardless of the season.

Don’t Forget Your Lips

Chapped and cracked lips are common during winter; in fact, it starts happening when fall sets in. Stock up on natural, conditioning lip balms to protect and heal dry, chapped lips. A good balm will provide a barrier of protection, penetrate and soothe the skin, not simply coating the skin’s surface. We recommend adding a night sleeping lip mask as well.

Lastly, Drink Water

Again, this is an advice more common during summertime, but it is necessary during winters as well. The only difference is you switch to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, instead of a glass of cold water. (Unless you really prefer that, that is okay too!) Our favorite, warm water with a bit of lemon – it rejuvenates and hydrates at the same time.

Be prepared before the chill to set in, enjoy the holiday season and take great care of your skin!