It’s no secret that cooler, dryer air sucks moisture from your skin. The cold air outside and blazing heaters inside can further strip moisture from pores. This can, in turn, cause extreme dryness in skin’s outer layer, which is called barrier dysfunction. Even with the colder weather quickly approaching, there are prevention tips that you can do now to keep dry, cracked skin at bay. We’re here to help provide you with our recommended winter skin care tips.
The key to keeping skin moisturized and protected starts in the shower. And let’s face it, there really is anything better than waking up in the morning and starting off the day with a long, steamy shower. The higher water temperature strips your skin of essential oils though, leading to excessive dryness. We recommend to try using only lukewarm water and cutting your shower time down to no more than 10 minutes. Start the day by giving your skin a fighting chance.
SKIP THE SOAP
Soap can actually be your enemy during the winter months. Soap has a high pH that can disrupt the outer layer of the skin and cause inflammation and dryness. A general rule is that the nicer it smells, the more irritant it’s likely to contain. Instead, opt for a soap-free body wash that is made to lock in moisture. We recommend Puracy Shower Gel for the body and a gentle face wash like the Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser for a clean start without stripping the skin.
AVOID HARD ABRASIVES
During these cold months, instead of washing your face with a washcloth or scrub, use your hands instead. Washing your face with your hands rather than abrasive textures prevents the surface of your skin from breaking down. And if your skin is already flaking, the harshness of using these tools can make it worse.
After a shower, your skin is softer due to the moisture. If you step out and begin rubbing your skin with pressure, it can cause worse damage to the surface. Instead, use a patting motion to dry your skin.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT MOISTURIZER
The timing of when you apply a moisturizer is key. By moisturizing when your skin is damp, it allows the product to penetrate your skin, repair damage and help prevent further flaking or cracking. If you haven’t found a light moisturizer that you prefer, try looking for one that contains a type of fatty acid called ceramides, hyaluronic acid or wheat germ oil. And even though the skies are riddled with clouds and grey overcast, skin-damaging UV rays still break through the winter skies and can wreak havoc on your skin. You should still be thinking about SPF during the winter. We recommend Eminence Organic’s Bright Skin Moisturizer.
SAY NO TO WOOL
One often (overlooked) culprit of dry skin is your clothing. Fabrics in your attire can irritate your skin. Wool is the most problematic. If it feels itchy when you put it on, that’s your skin reacting to the material. Best layer with cotton and leave that wool scarf behind.
SWEAT IT OUT
Working out may be good for your appearance, but it also has many skin benefits as well, including improving skin elasticity, adding a little oomph to your dermis and improving moisture delivery to your face. Alternatively, if you exercise too much, it could have the opposite effect on your skin.
Reviving dry skin is all about expert timing, consistency and the right product knowledge. So nix the soaps with harsh ingredients, turn down the thermostat and go easy on the exfoliant and your face may not even realize it’s winter outside.