As the seasons change, so should your skincare regimen. Dry skin can be especially common in the winter months when the humidity levels drop and there is less moisture in the air. If your dry winter skin has you feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable, don’t suffer in silence.
Check out these main causes of dry skin and how you can prevent it from happening to you.
Your Winter Mantra: What’s Causing My Dry Skin
With winter comes a season full of reasons to be merry, but for your skin, winter is far from a wonderful time. From tightness and dryness to chapped and flaking, the cold weather can wreak serious havoc on your skin.
What are the causes of dry skin in the winter?
Outside weather conditions: The water in your skin evaporates more quickly when the outside air is cold and dry, and this can result in dry, flaky skin that can be embarrassing or uncomfortable. Your skin may feel tight and dry after spending time outdoors, especially if there are any additional weather factors like wind.
Staying indoors with the heater: The dry indoor air not only dries out your skin on your face and body, but it also dries out other parts of your body internally like your mucous membranes which leaves you with chapped lips, dry throat, and dry noses that can cause nosebleeds.
Scorching Showers: A long hot bath or shower after a cold day may sound like a great idea, but it’s not the best for your skin. Long, hot showers strip the skin of it’s protective oils leaving the skin dry and irritated.
Not Keeping Skin Moisturized: You may not be thinking about applying body lotion because your skin is covered by clothing, but moisturizing is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer months.
Not Staying Hydrated: Your body loses water through your skin every day regardless of the season. Water not only plumps the skin but it encourages collagen production which ensures elasticity in your skin. Without adequate amounts of water, your skin will appear dull, and things like scars, pores and fine lines will appear exaggerated in your appearance as your skin shrinks to it’s tightest position.
How to Change Up Your Regimen for Healthy Winter Skin
A healthy glow in the winter is possible with a little help. Start with gentle at home treatments with plenty of the following:
- Humidity: Using a humidifier will help keep your skin hydrated while indoors.
- Protect Your Skin: Wear protective clothing like gloves and scarves to shield your face and body from the harsh elements. It’s crucial to keep skin moisturized and covered up as often as you can.
- Moisturize: Apply a rich body lotion immediately after showering to help lock moisture into the skin. Applying lotion before going outside and also before going to bed can help your skin in fighting dehydration.
- Switch to a wintertime bath routine: Instead of a steaming bath or shower, switch to warm water and limit bathtimes to 10 minutes. Use a moisturizing, fragrance-free body wash that leaves your skin feeling soft and do not use bar soap. Pat dry with an extra soft towel.
- Stay Hydrated: Make sure you’re getting plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel like you’re sweating throughout the day. Avoid caffeinated drinks that dehydrate the body and focus on getting your full daily supply on water.
- Wear the Right Clothes: Wearing soft cottons or silk next to your skin allows it to breathe and wick away sweat. If you’re layering up with a warm wool, add a soft cotton t-shirt for an underlayer.
- Apply and Reapply the Chapstick: Use a chapstick that’s rich in ointment rather than a waxy balm to protect your lips from cracking and drying out and avoid licking your lips.
- Don’t Forget About The Sunscreen: Even though it’s wintertime, UV rays do the same damage to your skin as on a warm summer day. Apply sunscreen to any exposed areas of your body before heading outside.
Giving Your Skin An Extra Boost in the Cold Weather
A facial will give your skin the nourishment and moisturizing it craves when the air is dry and cold. Revitalize your gray winter skin and schedule yours today!