You’ve got two options when the cold weather hits and it’s time to change up your skincare routine: either put up with dry, flaky skin, or do something about it.
If you want to know how to get rid of dry skin during the winter months without resorting to harsh chemicals, this article will show you how to use natural remedies that can keep your skin nourished and moisturized all season long.
Skip the cleanser
Makeup wipes are perfect for cleaning your face at night, but even if you use a makeup remover in addition to them (or instead of them), don’t cleanse your skin with a cleanser every day. Cleansing strips your skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry and irritated.
Choose an oil based moisturizer
In winter, our skin tends to become drier than it is in summer. Oil based moisturizers will lock in moisture and keep your skin from drying out in frigid temperatures. A good choice is jojoba oil or almond oil because they are similar to sebum, a natural oil that our skin produces on its own. Coconut oil also works well for people with very dry or eczema prone skin.
Don’t forget SPF!
Make sure you’re protecting your skin from UV rays all year-round, not just during peak sun season. The sun is especially intense in winter months, but that doesn’t mean we can slack on SPF usage. You’ll want to pick a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it evenly to your face every morning as part of your daily skin care routine. Use it over any beauty products you may have already applied to avoid clogging your pores and causing breakouts. Try L'Oréal Paris' Advanced Suncare Extra Gentle Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 for a lightweight formula that won't irritate sensitive skin.
Sleep in silk
Silk pillows may seem luxurious, but they’re more than just fun to sleep on: They can help keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
Make it a routine
In addition to eating healthy, hydration is key to having gorgeous skin in winter (or any season, really). Make sure you’re drinking water first thing in the morning and all throughout your day. And, if possible, try making it a routine before going to bed as well. Water helps keep our skin moist and elastic; dehydrated skin can look dull and flaky by comparison. Also remember that you should use a gentle moisturizer daily to retain moisture. Do what you can to prevent dryness during these months, but don’t feel bad if your skin still gets dry: everybody deals with different degrees of dryness at some point or another!
Try medicated lip balm
Medicated lip balm is exactly what it sounds like: balm with a medicated agent added. In terms of skincare, medicated lip balms work to treat chapped lips and prevent dryness. This is thanks to humectants (i.e., ingredients that are good at retaining moisture), which help lock in moisture and keep skin moisturized. Some popular medicated lip balms include Carmex, Blistex, and Chapstick.
Use sunscreen daily
It’s easy to forget sunscreen when you’re bundled up from head to toe in winter coats and scarves, but protecting your skin from harsh rays is just as important during these cold months. Make it a daily habit to apply SPF to all exposed areas of your skin—including your ears, which are often forgotten about! You don’t want years of aging and wrinkles now, do you?
Get supplements from your diet
First, it’s good to note that skincare is an extremely subjective science. You might have a best friend who can sleep in her makeup and wake up with baby-soft skin, while you wash your face every night and wake up with a face so dry that you feel like Gollum when he sees his precious ring in Lord of The Rings. Everyone’s different. However, if you want to take steps towards softer skin (especially during winter), add these supplements into your diet: fish oil , flaxseed oil, Vitamin E and Vitamin C . Fish oil has been shown to fight inflammation; flaxseed oil helps combat dryness; vitamin E is anti-aging; and vitamin C acts as an antioxidant.
Drink lots of water
We can’t stress enough how important it is to stay hydrated, especially during cold weather months. Keeping your skin clean, moisturized and nourished is no easy feat. Give your skin what it needs by drinking lots of water and eating foods rich in vitamins A and C.
Moisturize morning and night
Regardless of how dry your skin is, you should be applying moisturizer at least twice a day. In winter, it’s imperative that you do so. Applying a night cream before bed will allow for maximum absorption and give your skin an extra layer of protection against dryness during sleep.