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Wintertime can wreak havoc on all skin types, but especially for skin that’s naturally on the dry side. Extremes in outdoor and indoor temperatures, wind, and lack of humidity in the air all take a toll, resulting in irritated, sometimes red, flaky and lackluster skin. Fortunately, a few adjustments can make all the difference, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to get hydrated, glowing skin this time of year.
My Best Tips for Dry Winter Skin
Increase water intake. Hydrate from the inside out and ditch the caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks. Our bodies are made up of 60% water, and skin is the largest organ of the body.
Add a humidifier. Indoor heating can sap moisture everywhere, while adding a humidifier to your bedroom will add moisture back into the air and help with not only dry skin, but diminish allergies and sinus problems. (There are even humidifiers that have essential oil diffusers incorporated into the design!)
Exfoliate. Too often exfoliation is forgotten during winter months. But regular exfoliation will help moisturizers and lotions penetrate better. Consistently use gentle scrubs weekly and add a chemical exfoliant to your routine as well.
Warm, not hot. Hot water can dry out natural oils in the skin. Keep your bath or shower water at a comfortable, warm temperature.
Lip balm. Don’t go to bed without lip balm! Lips can get chapped or cracked during the winter months and the battle can be fought with a hydrating lip balm or chapstick. Here are our picks for the best lip balms for every budget.
Change up your routine. If you are used to using a gel or foaming cleanser, reach for a cream cleanser instead. Add in a facial oil to your nightly routine, or look for products with hyaluronic acid, which helps the skin retain moisture.
Have you found any tips that help keep your skin healthy during the winter months?