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18 Jun

Winter weather can adversely affect your dry skin. Since there is less humidity in the air, the winter cold can worsen the dryness. What happens is that natural oils in the outer protective skin layers reduce due to the lower temperatures and the moisture just can’t stay inside. At its worst, skin can become coarse and itchy and can even cause cracking.

As much as you are used to taking care of dry skin all year round, dry skin in winter can cause even greater problems if you don’t pay it diligent care. Even if you don’t think that dry skin is a big problem by itself, it can lay the ground for developing additional conditions and diseases that will require medical care. Who wants to deal with dry red eczema patches or annoying dermatitis that shows up out of nowhere just before important date night?

Therefore, it’s vital to establish a dry skin care regime for winter months and follow it thoroughly. Remember – discipline is important. You can’t just find your ideal moisturizer and think you’ve done the job by using it sparingly. On the contrary, it will take a regular, day-to-day application to deal with dry skin in winter.

Perhaps you will be more motivated to love your skin if you understand what happens with it as the nights get longer and you get to spend less time outdoors.

What Happens to Dry Skin in Winter?

There is one thing the skin doesn’t need on top of washing it frequently with hot water or treating it with harsh skincare chemicals. That’s less environmental humidity.

Ideally, it would be amazing if we had moderate temperatures and perfect humidity levels during all seasons. But unless you plan to move to Hawaii that’s blessed with eternal late spring climate, that’s impossible for most people. Until then, you need to work with what you have and learn how to deal with dryer skin once it gets cold outside.  

Skin Dries Faster In Winter

Changing between the heated indoors and the cold outdoors stresses the skin and diminishes its natural capacity to restore normal moisture. In winter, there are fewer sunny days. But UV rays can still be detrimental, so apply your sunscreen in winter, too! Since UV rays help with fighting bacteria on the skin, building vitamin D Remove featured imagedeposits and improving overall skin health, less sunlight means fewer methods to fight dry winter skin. Therefore, dry skin in winter will not only get dryer due to the coldness but it can also become prone to bacterial infections, acne, eczema, psoriasis, as well as speed up the skin aging process. All in all, in winter, you get to see more of the things you don’t like on your skin.

Tips for Fighting Dry Skin in Winter Time

There is plenty you can do with dry skin in winter to make it help survive the torture and come back with a vengeance once springtime is afoot. Let’s get started!

1. Drink Plenty Of Fluids

When it gets colder, we tend to forget to drink as much water as in summer just because our bodily thirst indicators are half-asleep. Water is a great friend to your skin, making it look plump and reducing fine lines. It will satiate the skin with moisture from the inside and help skin cells better absorb nutrients from food. Alternatively, you can take water from fruit and veggies, as well as hot beverages, such as green tea or light herbal teas. 

Prevent Dry Skin

Just don’t go overboard with the caffeine and alcohol, as they can dehydrate the skin when drunk excessively. About eight glasses of water a day is the recommended average for great balanced skin.

2. Eat Healthy, Skin-Friendly Foods

What does your skin feed on? To avoid dry skin in winter, you not only need to use preventative cosmetics but also help your skin fight adverse weather from the inside.

Eat Healthy To Get Healthy Skin

If you look at the foods desirable for your skin on this food list, you will notice that many ingredients are also found in moisturizers, face masks, and anti-wrinkle creams.

  • Vitamins – A, C, and E
    • Eggs
    • Dairy
    • Orange-coloured foods, such as oranges or carrots
    • Leafy greens, bell peppers, broccoli, and brussels sprouts
    • Citrus fruits
    • Nuts and seeds
  • Selenium
    • Brazil nuts
  • Coenzyme Q10
    • Lean meat and poultry
    • Whole grains
    • Tuna fish
  • Healthy oils
    • Omega-3 essential oils in oily fish like salmons and sardines
    • Avocado, olive and coconut oil
  • Antioxidants
    • Berries

For best results, focus on both wholesome nourishment and suitable skincare. That way, you get a double lucky break by using the best from nature and provide twofold support for your skin during harsh winter months.

3. Cleanse and Exfoliate Dead Dry Skin.

Be as careful as you wish, you can’t completely avoid the sullen looks of dry skin in winter. Skin cells will inevitably die. If you leave them on the skin, they will mess with the development of new cells and exacerbate the dryness of the epidermis. Therefore, you need to cleanse the skin with a gentle face wash and exfoliate dead cells.

Cleanse Dry Skin

Exfoliation helps to replenish the skin and make it more absorbent for the face cream you will apply afterwards. While cleansing, ban long hot showers – they may be pleasant but they are not friendly to dry skin in winter. When you stay indoors for long, turn the humidifiers on to fight the damage from the central heating.

4. Double Up On The Skincare Routine.

Hydrating creams do only half of the job –  you need to both hydrate and nourish your skin with oils in order to stop dry skin in winter from jeopardising your smooth and sultry makeup and hairdos. As an essential foundation which sets the base for makeup, during the winter months your skin will require oilier ingredients, typically found in night creams and deep nourishment face masks.  

5. Don’t Skip Your Beauty Treatments.

You must admit that when it gets darker outside, spending so much time is not so alluring. A nice face massage with essential oils is just what your face needs when days get darker. Even better – make it a full spa day!

Hydrate Your Skin

Chamomile, geranium, ylang-ylang or fig oils will provide excellent calming and healing benefits for parched skin. If you don’t know what oil will work best for your skin type, ask your esthetician or check these precious essential oil tips to help dry skin in winter restore its glow and vibrancy.

A steadfast beauty regime during winter months will help you fight not only the number one reason – winter weather, but also other dry skin causes. All it takes is extra 5 minutes per day, a small speck of time in the overall benefits of committedly loving your skin. If you have any other tips on preventing dry skin, we would love to know! Comment below. 

Rachael Waine

Rachael works here at AMR as our online digital marketer/content creator. She writes blogs about hair and beauty as well as assist with all social media platforms. In her spare time Rachael writes blogs, enjoys bushwalking and photography.

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