How to Deal with Dry Winter Skin
Many of us experience dry, dull skin during the winter, but winter skin is easier to deal with than you might think! My skin is fairly oily, and it still tends to dry out when it’s cold outside. If your skin is soft and hydrated all year long, then lucky you! You don’t need to worry about any of this! Here’s how the rest of us can deal with dry winter skin:
Change your cleanser
Always use a soap-free cleanser, even on your body. If you use a foaming cleanser during the summer, consider switching to something with a creamy texture. I like to use Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser in the warmer months and Paula’s Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser when my skin gets dry from the cold. The Cetaphil cleanser is a lightweight, foaming gel that keeps oil at bay and the Paula’s Choice has a thicker, creamier formula that doesn’t dry me out.
Don’t forget sunscreen
Sun damage is the worst. Not only does it make you look older, it also makes it harder for skin to function well in challenging climates. Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF rating between 15 and 50 (anything higher than 50 is no more effective than 50) and wear it every single day. I like Paula’s Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Fluid SPF 50.
The key to having hydrated skin is, of course, moisturizer! Dry skin types should use thicker products like creams and lotions. Lightweight lotions, gels or serums work well for combination skin. A moisturizing toner is hydrating enough for my oily skin–I use Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner.
Apply and reapply hand cream as often as you remember to. Gold Bond Diabetic Skin Relief Lotion is my absolute favorite for hands and body because it sinks into skin instantly and isn’t greasy at all (and, of course, you don’t have to be diabetic to use it!). I also use Paula’s Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm on my lips and cuticles twice a day.
Dry, flaky skin can’t be eliminated by moisturizer alone, it needs exfoliation. Use a gentle exfoliant to encourage normal cell turnover and eliminate flakes. Alpha-H Liquid Gold and Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA both work well for me when my skin is super dry and flaky.
Limit Your Time in the Shower
Hot showers in the winter feel great, but they actually dry your skin out more! Taking shorter showers or baths that are closer to warm than hot is much better for your skin.
Hopefully these tips will help you survive the colder months! You can check more skin care advice here!