Here we are again. It’s getting colder and we need to cover our body up to the nose every time we go outside. But no matter how much you keep your skin from being exposed to the elements it still gets dry and itchy. For those of us who tend to have dry skin, winter is especially hard. If you want to avoid dry winter skin it’s time to act now. In this post, I’ll share my tips on how to get through winter without dryness and that itchy feeling all over your body. And I tell you what my essentials are to fight dry winter skin.
Why your skin gets dry in winter
It’s not only the drop of temperature which attacks our skin and dries it out, but other factors play a role too. Your clothes, for one, not only protect your skin but it also constantly rubs against it. So it’s very important what kind of materials we wear and that they’re soft. Especially in areas that move a lot, for example, your in your knee or armpit.
Another huge factor is heating. Outside it might be freezing but as soon as we get inside the heat is on and will naturally absorb moisture from your skin and dehydrate it. The same goes for a long hot bath or shower. Contrary to what you might think, water isn’t always good for your body. Showering often and especially with very hot water attacks your skin and can make dryness even worse.
This brings us to the next point which is products. Some of the products we use are okay in summer when our skin is naturally more oily and we sweat a lot. In winter though, these products can be too harsh and strip our skin of oils and make it dry and itchy.
How to avoid dry winter skin
So what are you supposed to do? How can you protect your skin from getting dry in winter? There are a couple of things in your daily routine that you can change to either prevent dry skin or to reverse the damage.
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Hydrate from the inside
Water and washing might harm your skin but if you hydrate from the inside it’s beneficial. Make sure to drink enough water to stay hydrated.
Avoid hot showers and baths
As already mentioned above, hot water is your enemy no.1 if you want to avoid dry skin. This doesn’t mean you can’t take a shower though. But you should rather opt for warm than steaming hot.
Cover your skin when you’re outside
Wind and cold temperatures damage your skin. As much as you can, try to cover yourself with scarves, beanies, and gloves. Preferably soft materials that are comfortable.
Avoid harsh products
Under harsh products, I count everything which strips your skin from oil, dehydrates it and messes with your skin’s ph-level. This could even include your soap or body wash. These often contain ingredients that remove the protective barrier from your skin. The same goes for products that contain alcohol like your makeup remover or toner. Use these carefully during wintertime.
Reduce coffee and alcohol
Sorry to tell you but coffee, as well as alcohol, dry you out. It’s best to reduce your guilty pleasures or at least counteract by drinking more water.
Try a humidifier
When you often wake up with dry and scratchy throat in the morning, it’s a sign that the air is very dry. This also affects your skin. A humidifier can work wonders against dry air inside your room.
Moisturise often but with the right product
Above we’ve talked about products you should use with care or even completely avoid but what can you use on your skin? It’s very simple, oil. Oil nourishes and protects your skin and you can find lots of options for every kind of product you use. There’s cleansing oil, shower and bath oil, oil primer and the list goes on. Try to swap some of your regular products for the winter season.
+ Bonus Tip #1: mix some oil into your moisturizing cream to make it even more nourishing
++ Bonus Tip #2: Apply a moisturizer right after your shower before your skin is completely dry. The skin will absorb the moisturizer right along with the water.
My dry winter skin essentials
Let’s start with something we often forget to hydrate, our lips. My lips get very dry, crack, and peel. It’s hard to find something which deeply nourishes my damaged lips. I started using Lanolips 101 ointment last year and was completely convinced from the first day. As a bonus, this lip treatment has only one ingredient: lanolin
For days, when even this doesn’t help, I treat myself to a Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. The mask deep-moisturizes your lips overnight and in the morning they’ll be like new.
Something else which is magical and which I use for a couple of years already is Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate. My skin loves this formula including several oils from rosemary leaf over primrose to lavender oil. As the name says, it’s an overnight treatment. Massage a couple of drops into your skin before you go to bed and let it do its magic. From the same line, I also use the Midnight Recovery Eye. These two are a bit on the expensive side but since you only use a couple of drops each time, the bottle takes you a long way.
Not to forget, a little bit of sun protection is necessary even in winter. Because I prefer something light which lets your skin breathe, I opt for a BB cream instead of foundation in the morning. L’oreal Anti-redness Skin Enhancer has an SPF of 20 and perfectly covers red spots which I am prone to with my dry skin.
The one thing I use for everything, and when I say everything, I actually mean it, is coconut oil. I use this for my face, on my lips and hands and all over my body. I even put in my hair. It’s an allrounder which is all-natural and you won’t need to break the bank to buy it either. I am using two different ones right now. The first one is from Aroma-zone and available in France. The second one smells great without being too strong (because you don’t want to smell like you’ve emptied a bottle of Monoi de Tahiti all over you). It’s called Coco Bali by Camille Florès.
These are my go-to products to fight dry skin. What products and skincare remedies do you use to avoid dry skin? Let me know in the comments. Don’t forget to pin this post for later ⬇︎
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