There are so many things to enjoy when winter comes - cozy sweaters, hot cocoa, and holiday cheer. One not so nice thing that winter also can bring is dry skin. In many places, the drop in temperature and humidity can take a toll on your skin. Many people experience dry, itchy, and flaky skin during the cold season so here are some tips to help keep your skin soft and healthy all season long.
Preventing dry skin starts with your morning shower. Avoid long, hot showers during the winter. While tempting, hot showers can actually worsen dry skin by stripping away natural oils and moisture. Lukewarm water in the shower or bath is more gentle on your skin. The soap you use is another way to prevent dry skin in the winter. Use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser to wash your face and body. Avoid harsh soaps that can strip your skin's natural oils.
Moisturizing is key to preventing or treating dry skin in the winter. Apply a rich, hydrating moisturizer immediately after bathing and throughout the day. Look for products with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and shea butter. Don't forget to moisturize your hands as they are often exposed to the harsh winter elements. At night, use a thicker, hydrating night cream to repair and nourish your skin while you sleep.
If you spend a lot of time indoors during the winter, a humidifier can help treat and prevent dry skin. Indoor heaters can reduce humidity levels, drying out your skin. A humidifier will keep the moisture on your skin from evaporating away. When you go outside, cover up with scarves, hats, and gloves to protect your skin from the drying effects of the cold winter wind.
If your dry skin becomes severe or uncomfortable, it’s best to seek advice from a dermatologist. They will look at your skin and recommend specialized treatments and skincare products. Winter can be challenging for your skin, but you can keep it healthy, soft, and hydrated with the right skincare routine. By following these tips and paying attention to your skin's needs, you can enjoy the winter season and it will be spring before you know it.