5 Ways to Keep Moisture In your Skin This Winter

It’s no secret that harsh winter temperatures can wreak havoc on your skin. As soon as you turn the heat on indoors, the skin starts to dry out. Climates drop and suddenly there’s a snap, crackle, and pop. Hair snaps, lips and skin crackle, and joints pop. Here, you’ll find expert-approved techniques and recommendations to help your skin feel smooth, relieved, and nourished 24-7.

Dry and itchy skin sucks and it seems to really rear it’s ugly head when winter arrives. This is because during the colder months the air is dry (vs. the summer months where high temperatures allow the water in the air to vaporize and create humidity) and while humidity may not always be our hair’s friend it is definitely our skin’s. 

Let’s not forget the use of heat during this time. That dry air only adds to the moisture deficit.

Winter skin: how to keep it summery smooth!

What can you do? Here are 5 tips to keep your skin soft and glowing in the winter:

DRINK MORE WATER

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Drinking water helps your skin stay young looking. We usually find ourselves drinking more water during the summer to beat the heat, but it is just as important if not more during the winter. We tend to drink less water in the winter because we turn to hot drinks like cocoa and tea, but don’t forget that your skin needs hydration from the inside, out. A little warm water with lemon can be very refreshing and hydrating at the same time. Starting internally is always the best option.

DRESS PROPERLY

Wind combined with cold temperatures can rapidly dry out exposed skin. It also helps to wear natural materials like cotton drying it out in the process. Wear scarves, hats, and gloves and ry to avoid as much skin contact with the harsh elements.

AVOID HOT SHOWERS

This is a tough one and if you want to ignore it we don’t blame you. But hot showers take away all the natural oils that your body needs during these rough months. If you must, be sure to apply an oil to your skin while it’s wet to lock in moisture before your skin begins to dry.

USE A HUMIDIFIER  

An ultrasonic cool mist humidifier in your home will create the moisture needed to compact the dry winter air floating around. If you have respiratory issues this will help as well. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.

MOISTURIZE WITH A THICKER CREAM  

As soon as you get out of the shower, lightly dry leaving a bit of water on your skin then apply a thick cream moisturizer. The thicker texture seals moisturizing ingredients into dry, cracked, flaking skin making them adhere for long-term, intense healing. You may have been able to get away with not moisturizing here and there during the summer, but during the winter. it is a must. Moisturize in the morning, throughout the day, and night. Your skin depends on it.