While we’re slowly inching closer and closer to spring, we still have to brave out just a few more weeks of cold winter weather…And dry skin. If you’ve been noticing tight, flaky, or even cracked skin during these long winter months, check out some of our tips below.
1. Use a humidifier.
As the air outside gets colder, it also get drier. That’s a nightmare for your skin! In order to get closer to that soft and supple skin you have during the summer, try adding more moisture to the air by placing a humidifier in your room.
2. Pass up the scorching hot showers.
As enticing as it is jumping into a hot shower on a cold day, it’s wreaking havoc on your skin. Stick to a warm shower—not hot—and keep tabs on how long you’re in there, too. Longer showers can dry out your skin as well, so keep it as close to 10 minutes or under as possible.
3. Opt for gentle cleansers.
Does your face or body wash leave your skin feeling tight? Put those products away until summertime! Instead, look for labels that indicate it’s a gentle cleanser. It’ll be much more comfortable for your skin.
4. Moisturize often.
Lotions and moisturizers are your best friend in winter, and not those fun little scented kinds from your favorite body shop. Anything that says “dermatologist recommended” or “clinically proved to relieve dry skin” is a safe bet. Definitely make sure to moisturize right after your shower while your skin is still damp—This will lock in moisture better. It also helps to keep a mini hand lotion in your bag so you can conveniently put some on each time you wash your hands. As for your face? Find a light moisturizer for after you wash you face in the morning, and a heavier night cream for before bed.
5. And gently exfoliate.
If your skin is so dry that it feels kind of rough, your moisturizer might not be penetrating deep enough. Brushing those dead skin cells away with an exfoliator can help, but be careful—harsh scrubs can irritate and dry your skin even more. Look for cleansers or toners that indicate a gentle exfoliation, and use it no more than a few times a week.
Do you have any tips we didn’t list? Share them in the comments below.