Lake Champlain Ice

Dry skin is an inevitable consequence of winter. Swinging from cooler temperatures to a significant drop in humidity can wreak havoc on your skin. Fortunately, here are four tips to protect your skin from the harsh winter season. 


Right Moisturizer, Right Time

Moisturizers are an essential part of any skincare routine. Sometimes you need to bring in the big guns and opt for rich, creamy textures. Ingredients matter, so look for skin-repairing ceramides or glycerin to soothe and fill in the cracks. Since moisturizers work by trapping already existing water on your skin surface, they are best applied immediately after washing your face or taking a bath. [3]


Meet the Humidifier: Your New BFF

 The dry winter air can suck the water out of your skin. Get a humidifier for the room you spend the most time in, likely to be the bedroom. A cool air humidifier will increase the moisture content in the air to help you prevent dry and flaky skin. Ensure the room temperature is not too high to avoid extra dryness in the air. 


Don’t Shower In Hot Water 

We all love a steaming hot shower after a hard workout or a tiring day, but the excessively warm water breaks down the lipid barriers of our skin, worsening dryness during winter. [4] Limit your baths and showers to at most ten minutes, and wash with lukewarm water. 


Avoid Harsh Cleansers 

Swap drying ingredients like ethyl alcohol or high pH. Choose gentle, hydrating formulas that won’t deprive your skin of the hydration it needs while playing nice with your skin barrier. How do you know that the formula is right for your skin? Wash your face with your current cleanser and wait 30 seconds. If your skin feels really tight or overly taut, then the product is too drying.


You Are What You Eat

Studies have found that there are two foods that exacerbate oily skin most: dairy and foods with high glycemic index (GI). Avoid these if you’ve been suffering from oily skin, and increase your daily intake of healthy fats.