Following the same simple skin care routine all year round may not work so well when the weather changes.
To help heal dry skin and prevent its return, follow the 10 simple steps to a more moisturized and nourished skin complexion this winter.
10 Steps To Relieve Dry Irritated Skin This Winter
1. Prevent baths and showers from making your dry skin worse.
- Limit your time in the shower or bath to 5 or 10 minutes
- Use lukewarm water
- Apply enough cleanser to remove dirt and oil, but avoid using so much
- Blot your skin gently dry with a towel rather than rubbing your skin
- Slather on the moisturizer immediately after drying your skin, your pores are open and your skin will drink the moisturizer up!
2. Apply a moisturizer immediately after washing.
Moisturizers work by trapping existing moisture in your skin. To trap this moisture, apply a moisturizer within few minutes of:
- Drying off after a shower or bath
- Washing your face or hands
3. Use an ointment or cream rather than a lotion.
- Ointments and creams are more effective and less irritating.
- Look for a cream or ointment that contains an oil such as olive oil or jojoba oil.
- Shea butter & cocoa butter also work well.
- Other ingredients that help to soothe dry skin include lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and petrolatum.
4. Wear lip balm to stop those lips from drying
- Choose a lip balm that feels good on your lips.
- Healing lip balms can usually irritate your lips
- If your lips sting or tingle after you apply the lip balm, switch to one that does not cause this reaction.
5. Use only gentle, unscented skin care products
When your skin is dry, stop using:
- Skin care products are too harsh for dry, sensitive skin.
- Deodorant soaps with fragrances
- Skin care products that contain alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)
- Use dermatological tested products which have been tested for sensitive skin
6. Wear gloves
To reduce dry, raw skin by wearing gloves. Be sure to put gloves on before you:
- Go outdoors in winter
- Perform tasks that require you to get your hands wet
- Get chemicals, greases, and other substances on your hands
7. Choose non-irritating clothes and laundry detergent.
When our skin is dry even laundry detergents can be irritating.
- Wear cotton or silk under your clothing made of wool or another material that feels rough
- Use laundry detergent labeled “hypoallergenic” – many can have allergic reactions to your skin
8. Stay warm without hugging a heat source too much
Sitting in front of a heat source can dry your skin in the winter as it takes out the moisture from your skin
9. Re-introduce moisture back into to the air
Plug in a humidifier; check your home heating system to see if it has a humidifier included and if it works
- Steam your face
It enhances circulation. Without getting too scientific, steaming your face triggers a thermoregulatory response in which blood vessels in the skin dilate so more blood can flow to the skin, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the tissue. This is what gives tired, dull skin that rosy, dewy post-steam glow.