It’s no surprise that the cold dry months of winter can wreak havoc on your skin. And as the temperatures continue to drop, you might find yourself with dry, raw, or irritated skin that lacks moisture. To combat dry skin in the winter, there are a few adjustments you can make to your daily routine to help lock in the necessary moisture to maintain a hydrated complexion.
Follow these tips to keep your skin hydrated and feeling its best all season long:
Use a Humidifier to Maximize Moisture
During the winter, it’s extremely important to keep your skin as hydrated as possible. The outermost layer of your skin is your body’s first line of defense, but to do its job, your skin needs to have enough moisture. If the outermost layer of your skin is compromised you will notice it flaking or appearing dry.
One of the best ways to keep your skin hydrated is to invest in a humidifier. Running the humidifier throughout the day and at night will provide the moisture your skin needs. Pick the rooms where you spend the most time and install your humidifiers there to ensure you’re reaping the maximum benefits.
Reduce the Temperature in Your Home
As the temperatures begin to drop, you might be tempted to turn the thermostat up to combat the winter chill. But turning the heat up can be damaging to the moisture levels within your skin! When the heat is turned up, the air in your home becomes drier. Without the necessary moisture in the air, your skin doesn’t get the moisture it needs. Instead of cranking the heat up, set the thermostat to a cooler setting to help maintain a healthy glow.
Take Shorter Showers at a Lower Temperature
When you feel the winter chill down to your bones, you might find it more difficult to get out of the shower in a reasonable time. Reducing the amount of time you're in the shower and lowering the temperature of the water will be far less irritating to your skin. Keep your showers short and at a lukewarm temperature, and as soon as you hop out of the shower make sure you apply moisture back into your skin with body oils and creams.
Switch Up Your Skincare Routine
The skincare regime you’ve been using throughout and summer and fall might have been good for your complexion at the time, but as we enter the winter months you might need to make some changes. Take inventory of your cleansers, toners, and moisturizers to make sure they have the proper ingredients to hydrate your skin instead of drying it out. A popular ingredient used in these products is alcohol, which you will want to limit because of its drying properties. Using a hydrating serum followed closely by a moisturizing cream will help to lock in the moisture for longer periods, helping to maintain moisture in your skin.
Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Finding a hydrating moisturizer is critical if you’re prone to dryness during the winter months — an oil-based moisturizer is best for colder temperatures. If you find yourself struggling to keep your hands from becoming raw and irritated, try doing sock-and-glove therapy one or two nights a week. To do this, you will apply a heavy moisturizer to your feet and hands and put on socks and gloves. The socks and gloves work to trap in the moisture while you sleep to reapply the hydration your skin is craving.
Use SPF Even When It Isn’t Sunny Outside
One of the easiest ways for moisture to escape your skin is to have it get sunburned. While you might not expect the sun to be strong in the winter, it can be just as strong as the summer! When your skin is exposed to the sun’s strong rays, it can be extremely damaging. Add a moisturizing sunscreen with ample SPF to your morning routine to ensure your skin is protected anytime you step outside your front door.
Maintain a Healthy Diet and Drink Water
While there are plenty of steps you can take to keep your skin moisturized on the outside, it’s also important to keep your body nourished and hydrated on the inside. Take a look at your diet and find ways to introduce hydrating foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil into your diet. You also want to make sure you’re drinking enough water daily. It’s recommended that you drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh — making sure you hit this number will help keep your skin hydrated.