You may have noticed that your skin tends to get drier in cold winter months. This is due to a combination of factors such as colder outside air, dry indoor heat, lower humidity levels, etc. But don’t worry, there are simple actions you can take to ensure your skin stays healthy, even during the harsh winter months.
In a recent Cosmopolitan article, Dr. Bhanusali gave his tips on how to keep the skin on our bodies healthy and happy through the hot seasons and the cold ones. Dr. Mian even gave her tips in an article by The Vitamin Shoppe. We’ve taken those tips and combined them with some of Dr. Lazic’s advice to give you 7 quick tips for dealing with dry skin during this winter season.
1. Avoid Excessively Hot Water
Avoid using excessively hot water when bathing or showering. It’s better to avoid hot steamy showers and opt for lukewarm water instead. Lukewarm water is less drying to the skin.
2. Do NOT Aggressively Scrub/Exfoliate
Do not aggressively scrub or exfoliate your skin (avoid loofahs). Use your hands to gently remove any surface dirt.
3. Less is More
Using less soap is better for your skin. Use a gentle soap to clean the genitals and underarms. Use water with no soap to clean the other parts of your body. We recommend using a soap such as Cetaphil, Cerave, Aveeno, Vanicream or Dove Unscented.
4. Pat Dry & Moisturize
After bathing, pat dry your skin with a towel and immediately apply a moisturizer while the skin is slightly damp. When skin is still damp, it can better absorb the products you’re putting on it because pores are dilated. We recommend cream-based moisturizers (rather than lotions) made by sensitive skin brands such as Cerave, Cetaphil, La Roche Posay, Bioderma, Aveeno or Eucerin.
5. Layer Your Skin-care Products
Before applying your moisturizer, massage some hyaluronic acid serum into your face and neck. Hyaluronic acid is a well-known skin-care superstar that’s found naturally in your skin and is known to both boost moisture and help smooth wrinkles.
6. Try Petroleum Based Ointments
If you do not mind a slight greasy feel to your skin, apply a thin coat of Aquaphor or Vaseline ointment while the skin is still wet. These ointments can work as excellent moisturizers. “Some may even need petroleum ointment as an added layer on top of their moisturizer,” says Dr. Mian.
7. Humidity = Hydration
Sleeping with a humidifier in your room is another small change that can go a long way. Consider purchasing a humidifier for the bedroom to keep the skin better hydrated during the winter months. The extra moisture can also help keep your hair shiny.