Cold, winter weather can be hard on your skin. When winter strikes, my skin dries up instantly. It feels like there is not enough lotion in the world to help with my dry skin. When temperatures drop, skin can become uncomfortable and dry. Especially on places like to your hands, face, and feet. The skin can get so dry that it can cause flaking, cracking, and even eczema. But it’s not the actual cold weather that dries out our skin. It is the heating system we use to heat our home.
It is a common misconception that drinking more water will help with dry skin. In fact, it does not. It is still healthy for you, but it will not add extra moisture to our dry skin. I encourage you to drink water, but understand that simply drinking more water will not cure your dry skin.
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.” (1)
However, there are a few things you can do at home when battling dry skin. Here are a few tricks I learned, without breaking my bank. Please note that when it comes to dealing with dry skin, sometimes it helps to consult with a doctor or dermatologist. Chronic dry skin are signs of a serious medical condition.
Tip #1: Take colder showers.
I love my hot, steamy showers. But I have found that taking a lukewarm shower has been easier on my skin. The natural oils are removed during those hot showers, leaving skin feeling dry. Adding oatmeal to your bath also helps with dry skin. Limiting your showers to 5-10 minutes, then gently pat yourself dry with a soft towel is recommended. Then, immediately apply moisturizer while you are still damp to help the skin absorb the moisturizer.
Tip #2: Moisturize over night
Areas like your hands, feet, elbows and knees typically to lose moisture faster than any other parts of the body. These are the areas where the skin is thinner. Consider applying a deep moisturizer on these areas. Wear cotton gloves and socks while you sleep, to seal in the moisture. The best moisturizer that works for me is Eucerin.
Tip #3: Exfoliate
Dead skin cells tends to build up, particularly in the winter time. Moisture can’t get in when there is a build up of dead skin cells. When you exfoliate, you are removing the old dead skin cells and unclogging your pores. This makes it easier for your skin to absorb moisture, leaving your skin feeling softer.
I have a great DIY exfoliating recipe that you can try.
You will need:
1 Tbsp. full fat milk (you can sub in almond or coconut milk)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp. raw brown sugar (you can sub in white sugar or large grain sea salt)
1-2 drops of olive oil
Directions: This is a 2 step exfoliating process.
- Combine the milk and baking soda in a bowl.
- Rub this mild cleanser on dry skin for 2-3 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
- In a separate bowl, add sugar or salt to olive oil and apply to dry area. Be gentle but firm.
- Let it sit for 2-3 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
Tip #4: Get a humidifier
The heating systems in our homes dry out the air. Getting a humidifier will help to put moisture back into the air and help prevent your skin from drying out. I recommend to have one in your bedroom and have it on while you sleep.
Tip #5: DIY masks
Homemade mask are a great way to hydrate your face while providing much needed moisture during the cold months. You can mix natural ingredients like honey, yogurt, avocado, and olive oils. They provide natural moisture to be absorbed back into your skin. Mix them to create a cream or paste, and leave on your skin for 20 minutes.
Check out some of these recipes I found. My favorite is the oatmeal mask.
You will need:
1/2 cup of hot water
1/3 cup of oatmeal
2 Tbsp of plain yogurt
2 Tbsp of honey
1 small egg white
- Combine hot water and oatmeal. Let it set for 2-3 minutes.
- Mix in yogurt, honey, and egg white after oatmeal has cooled.
- Apply a thin layer to your face. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water. Make sure when rinsing, that you do it over your sink with a strainer to avoid clogging.
I hope these tips work for you as much as they helped me. Please comment below and let me know what works for you. I love to hear from you!
Special thanks to WinterCare for cover photo
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