Winter, or dry skin season as I like to call it, is upon us. It’s inevitable that the cold air, the significant differences in temperature between inside and out, and if you have wood heat, that your skin will be dragonesqe at some point this season. Here are some winter skin hacks to help you avoid the scales.
Moisturize after your shower
Adding a moisturizer to your skin right after a shower is the most productive time. Your pores are warm and open and ready to accept moisture. You can use any moisturizer, but I’ve found that body oils work best for me. They go on smoother than lotion, and the good ones don’t get on your clothes.
Lip balm is your friend
There is nothing worse than smiling and having your lip crack open because it’s so dry. Be kind to your lips, and keep lip balm applied. The extra barrier between the fragile skin of your lips and the harsh winter air is a good thing.
Moisturize your hair
Believe it or not, your hair can feel the effects of winter just as your skin does. There are so many great ways to hydrate dry brittle hair. You can run your hands through your hair after applying lotion (be careful some creams can make the hair look very greasy), you can add a coconut oil mask before a shower, even a leave-in moisture spray applied after you wash your hair.
Hydrate from within
The best method to dealing with dry skin is to prevent getting it in the first place, and the best way to do that is to make sure you are always adequately hydrated. Don’t skimp on your daily water intake just because it isn’t hot outside. A hydrated inside is a hydrated outside.
Be gentler with your skin during the winter months. By scrubbing your skin too hard, you can remove the top layer of skin, which exposes the next more sensitive layer to dirt and dryness. Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing and reduce your sugar scrub use to once a week during the winter.
I hope you can thwart the dreaded winter skin this year with the help of these tips.