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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

How to prevent and soothe dry winter skin

Hello everyone!


For the northern half of Earth, the Northern Hemisphere, today is the first day of winter! Have you ever noticed how your skin is affected by the changing seasons? If so, you’ve likely noticed that your skin often seems to get drier and flakier in the colder months.


Having dry skin doesn’t necessarily mean that you also have dehydrated skin. These are two different phenomena. While dehydrated skin lacks waterdry skin lacks sebum. Also, dry skin is a skin type, while dehydration is a condition.


What does dehydrated skin look like?


Dehydrated skin can be dry, itchy and even dull looking. The overall complexion may appear uneven, and fine lines are more noticeable. There are steps you can take to keep your skin looking healthy, even when temperatures dip and there is no escaping the winter cold.


Unlike dry skin, dehydration is treatable with lifestyle changes. Replenishing your hydration is the first step, so it is crucial to drink plenty of water


Tips to prevent and soothe dry winter skin:


woman outside in the snow

  1. Hydrate from the inside. Read this: Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months.
  2. Use your face cream on damp skin right after cleansing.
  3. Try adding occlusives to your routine (oils, waxes and silicones). Occlusives work by forming a protective layer on the surface of your skin and creating a barrier to prevent moisture loss.
  4. Apply sunscreen daily. Sunscreen is a daily essential for all skin types and tones.
  5. Go easy on exfoliants and scrubs that might irritate the skin even more.
  6. Use overnight treatments. Overnight treatments are skin products that will help hydrate and nourish your skin while you sleep.
  7. Look for products with hyaluronic acid and glycerin (humectants), and try to avoid products that contain retinol and vitamin C, as these could cause more dehydration.
  8. Use a humidifier (only if you live in dry climates).
  9. Turn the indoor temperature down. 
  10. Cut down on your coffee and alcohol intake. 
  11. Opt for non-irritating fabrics.
  12. Wear gloves to protect your hands from the cold.


Dehydrated skin can be a problem, but it is treatable. If your skin dehydration fails to improve after making these simple changes, you may have a dry skin type. See your dermatologist for further advice on how to treat dry skin.


Related posts:


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Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months

Ten (10) key skincare tips for autumn





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