Winter has been playing tricks on us left and right this year—sunny one day, blustering winds and low temperatures the next. With the seasonal weather yo-yoing us around it’s no mystery that our skin is complaining. Dry skin is one of the most common ailments of winter but we’ve got 5 quick tips to help you beat the itch, and have soft, luminous skin this season.
1. Moisturize RIGHT After The Shower
When we take a shower our pores open up from the combined effects of steam and heat and it can be a great chance to deliver moisture to the deepest levels of our skin. Right after you step out of the shower lightly towel off and quickly slather skin with your favorite rich moisturizer like the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour All-Over Miracle Oil. The window on this treatment is short lived, about 3-4 minutes max before pores start to close from the cooler air so don’t doddle on application.
2. Keep That Water Bottle Handy
During winter it’s colder so we’re not sweating as much as we are in any other month; because of that we may not feel as thirsty and be more prone to dehydration. The simple fix for dry winter skin? Drink more water. A balanced inside=a balanced outside. It’s really that simple. But if you really aren’t much for water, herbal teas can be tasty and give us that same dose of H20!
3. Check Your Bedtime Routine
When those cold snaps break we’re reaching for the thermostat just before bed but resist the urge to hike it up too far. Hot air can zap the moisture from skin leading to dry lips and nasal passages, scratchy throats, and ashy skin and that’s especially counterproductive when our skin is trying to repair itself as we sleep. To make yourself more comfortable while staying snug at night try out a combination of a nourishing facial serum like the Korres Black Pine Firming Face Oil and Night Cream combined with the use of a humidifier.
4. Don’t Forget To Brush Your Lips
Cracked, dry lips are the bane of winter and with this season’s new look being matte lipsticks we can envision only more dry pout problems on the horizon. One way to take care of winter lips is to use your toothbrush to brush lips and give them a gentle exfoliation. It will help remove dead skin and even out the look and texture of your lips. Be sure to follow up with a nourishing balm like the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Clear Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15 that, as a bonus, can also give us some sun protection for all seasons.
5. Pay Heed To Your Clothing Choices
We wouldn’t have thought to call our clothes one of the culprits for causing dry skin but as it turns out certain fabrics can make matters worse. Those with already dry skin should steer clear of scratchy fibers like wool that can irritate skin, and instead consider fabrics like cotton or silk. Both cotton and silk let skin breathe and will naturally wick away sweat too.
What’s one of your tips for warding off dry, winter skin?