As the cool winter air settles in, it becomes more and more of a challenge to keep your skin properly moisturized. If you are someone who suffers from dry skin, or if you only experience dry skin in the winter months, there are some things you can do to prevent your skin from drying out too much. Here are some of our best tips and tricks to combating dry skin this winter.
Avoid Hot Showers/Baths
While there is nothing more relaxing and comforting than a piping hot shower or bath during the cold winter months, if you want to combat dry skin, you should consider turning down the heat. The scalding heat from too hot of water can cause damage to your skin and leach moisture. As an alternative, stick to showers instead of baths and try not to linger in the water too long. While you don’t have to completely swap over to cold showers to protect your skin, consider showing in warm water rather than piping hot water. And don’t forget to wash your body with a moisturizing soap to repair any damage caused by hot shower water. Use a gentle, fragrance free soap for best results. When you are finished with your shower, try to blot instead of rubbing yourself dry with a towel. This will help to not further irritate your skin.
Using a daily moisturizer is non-negotiable. Especially when you are just out of the shower. You are going to need to restore some of the moisture that has been lost while you were in the shower so always follow up with lotion right after bathing. Use a high-quality lotion or go with pure coconut oil if your skin is especially dry. Coconut oil can be used daily and is safe for use on the most sensitive parts of your body. This means you can double your coconut oil as a lip balm to help combat dry and cracked lips. Coconut oil has properties that enable it to fill in the spaces between your skin cells, creating a smoother surface. These properties are called emollients. Not to mention it also comes at an incredibly low price point compared to many high-end moisturizers.
Drink Enough Water
It is all too easy to let water consumption fall to the wayside when the temperature dips. If you are someone who struggles to keep up your water consumption in the cooler months, this is your sign to try and get better about how much water you are drinking. Not staying properly hydrated is a major contributor to dry skin. While topical solutions are a great help, making sure your skin stays moisturized from the inside out is going to be your best bet for combating dry skin this winter.
Get a Humidifier
One of the best ways to fight back against dry skin is with a humidifier. Take a second to consider the air quality in your home. If you regularly suffer from dry, flaky skin or congestion year-round, the air in your home is likely too dry. The ideal humidity level for your home is going to be around 30 percent. Running forced air or the air outside being dry can cause your home to dip well below that 30 percent threshold. When this happens, you need to employ the help of a humidifier. You can find both cool mist and warm mist varieties to choose from. While both are great options, you can get cool mist humidifiers for bedroom quiet enough to not wake you so you can keep them running all night long. We also prefer the cool mist varieties for families who have young kids or pets as they do not have a store of hot water. This makes them safer for households that have a bit more chaos.
Consume Antioxidants and Omega-3s
When your skin becomes too dry, you are exposing it to elements that can damage your skin cells faster than your body is able to repair them. Eating foods that are rich in antioxidants and omega-3s can help your skin appear healthier. Foods like blueberries, tomatoes, carrots, beans, peas and lentils will help with the appearance of your skin during the dry winter months.
Fight Against Dry Skin This Winter
This winter, don’t lose the battle against dry skin. Use some of our tips and tricks to keep your skin in top shape all year long. All it takes is some minor alterations in your daily routine to see a difference.