Let’s just put it out there: winter and skin are not the best of friends. At this point in the season, your door can’t hang one heavier coat and your online shopping cart is full of one too many scarves, but let’s not forget about an essential part of winter: the ongoing battle with dry skin. As the temperatures continue to drop, the dry environment and lack of moisture allow for cracked hands, chapped lips and scaly legs. Ew. This winter weather demands an upgrade to your skin care regimen because nothing complements that seasonal vampy lip more than a hydrated, glowing face.
You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skincare routine. Find an “ointment” moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. (Hint: Many lotions labelled as “night creams” are oil-based.)
Avoid Wet Gloves and Socks
Wet socks and gloves can irritate your skin and cause itching, cracking sores, or even a flare-up of eczema.
Don’t shower in super hot water.
We know it’s tempting, but showering in scalding temperatures tends to dry out your skin even more. Hot water removes natural oils from the skin, and the more oils removed, the drier the skin becomes.
Brush your lips with a toothbrush to get rid of that excess skin.
Because NO ONE likes chapped lips.
Hook Up the Humidifier
Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. 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.
Vaseline is your best friend.
Dry feet? Check. Dry elbows and knees? Double check. Lather up, ladies and gentleman, that little plastic container is your go-to all winter long. From lip balm to foot cream to makeup remover, this gooey substance can “fix” just about anything.
Hydrate for Your Health, Not for Your Skin
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Drinking water helps your skin stay young looking. In fact, it’s a myth. Water is good for your overall health and “the skin of someone who is severely dehydrated will benefit from fluids. But the average person’s skin does not reflect the amount of water being drunk,” Kenneth Bielinski, MD, a dermatologist in Oak Lawn, Ill., tells WebMD “It’s a very common misconception.”
LaPlante agrees. “I see clients at the spa who drink their 10 to 12 glasses of water a day and still have super dry skin. It just doesn’t do that much.”