Read on to discover the top 10 dry skin care tips you'll want to implement today.
The cooler fall and winter months bring dryer air, and that can change the way our skin feels. It can also change the way we need to care for our skin.
There are several important ways we can protect our skin as the seasons change, and it's also a great time to do special treatments since we tend to be indoors more and out of the harsh effects of the sun and summer elements (like exfoliation peels, etc.).
I love to use this time to use stronger acid products, which can really change the condition of your skin. Unfortunately it's easy to accumulate sun spots, discoloration, and just an overall appearance of slightly rougher skin when summer ends.
Read on to gather some tips on how to handle fall and winter skin, and things you can do to combat the signs of aging.
10 Proven Tips to Remedy Very Dry Skin
1. Invest in a Humidifier to Maximize Moisture
Using a humidifier in your home or office will add moisture to dry winter air and help keep your skin hydrated. Run a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in, including your bedroom.
If purchasing a humidifier is not an option, you can do what my mom always did, and add a larger container of water in each room. It will naturally disperse into the air and immediately improve the dryness that lingers in the winter.
2. Lower the Thermostat to Avoid Dryness
When it's chilly outside, what's the first thing you want to do? Crank up the heat! But central heat can make the air in your house even drier. Try setting the thermostat at a cool yet comfortable setting — 68°F to 72°F — to maintain healthy skin.
3. Limit Shower Time and Temperature
It may be tempting to take a long, steamy shower, but your skin will be much better-served with a 5- to 10-minute lukewarm shower (or bath), as the AAD suggests. You should also avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands — if the water causes your skin to turn red, it’s too hot. Washing your hands in cooler water appears to be as effective at removing germs as warm water and is less irritating to skin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2) And if you're using a restroom air hand-dryer, use it just until your hands are damp rather than perfectly dry.
4. Choose Gentle, Fragrance-Free Cleansers
The wrong soap can worsen itchy, dry skin. For instance, regular bar soaps may contain irritating ingredients and fragrances. Instead, wash with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel. (And do look for products specifically labeled “fragrance-free,” because "unscented" products may actually contain fragrances.) You can also prevent winter skin problems by using less soap overall, so limit your lathering to necessary areas, such as your hands, armpits, genitals, and feet.
5. Modify Your Facial Skin Care Plan for the Season
During the winter months, choose cream-based cleansers, and apply toners and astringents sparingly, if at all, or any products that you know might be drying to your skin. At night, use a richer moisturizer on your face.
And don’t forget your lips. Applying a moisturizing balm can help heal dry, cracked lips and keep them from getting chapped. Our product has a wonderful balm texture, offering a layer of intense hydration and anti aging ingredients.
6. Moisturize Frequently, Especially Your Hands
Maintain healthy skin by moisturizing after washing up. "It's best to use a cream or ointment in the winter. Lotions are better in warmer, humid climates. And don't forget your hands. Hand-washing, as the CDC notes, is vital, especially during cold and flu season. But do so at a reasonable amount, since constant washing will cause the hands to take a beating.
Applying a hand cream after each washing can help, Stein Gold adds. She also recommends wearing waterproof gloves when washing dishes or cleaning around the house.
7. Apply Sunscreen — Even on Gray Winter Days
On bright winter days, snow reflects the sun’s rays — up to 80 percent, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation — increasing your risk of exposure. That means whether you’re out on the slopes, playing in the snow, or just walking through a parking lot on an errand run, it’s just as important to be applying sunscreen in the harsh winter weather as it is in the summer.
And don’t be fooled by darker, dreary days in winter, either. The sun’s harmful UV rays can permeate clouds and still cause damage.
Before you go outside, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all exposed areas of your body.
8. Wear Appropriate, Comfortable, Nonirritating Clothing
Many cold-weather fabrics can aggravate dry winter skin. Keep wool and rough clothing from directly touching your skin. This can cause dry skin to get irritated and itchy.
Instead, wear light layers made from soft, breathable materials directly against your skin, and then pull on your heavier, warmer sweaters. Be sure to protect your hands from cold winter air with gloves or mittens, remembering to choose a pair that won’t irritate your skin. If you prefer wool gloves, put on cotton or silk glove liners first.
9. Remember to Eat Right and Stay Hydrated
Sometimes when skin is very dry, it can be helped by foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil. For the most part, however, it is important to help the skin moisturize from the outside.
10. Change Out of Wet Clothes Quickly to Avoid Itchy Skin
Wearing wet clothes and shoes can further irritate your skin and cause itchiness. If gloves, socks, and pants become wet, be sure to remove them as soon as possible.
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