10 Tips To Help Protect Skin From Winter Dryness

Tips To Help Protect Skin From Winter Dryness

Winter is the season that can be most harsh on a person's skin. Skin traps humidity due to natural oils. These natural oils act as a barrier of protection and hydration. Dry skin is usually caused by a weakened skin barrier which can be caused by multiple factors.

Cold winter air, strong winds, and even overwashing can draw the moisture out of skin. This causes the skin to become rough and chapped which can lead to irritation and itchiness. Often times the solution may not be as difficult as thought.

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The following are some simple tips to help prevent skin from becoming dry in winter.

1. Keep hydrated

This will not only benefit skin but also health overall. Water 

2. Opt for showers instead of baths 

Use warm water, not hot and limit the time your skin is exposed to water as prolonged exposure to water, especially hot water, can wash away the natural oils that protect the skin.

3. Lower the thermostat 

When inside try to lower the thermostat and wear layered clothes to make up the difference.

4. Use a mild facial cleanser 

Use a facial cleanser that is less harsh on the skin. Look for cleansers that contain lanolin, cocoa butter, Shea butter and essential oils.

5. Moisturize more

Apply once in morning, during the day,  and once again at night.

6. Wear cotton

Cotton is comfortable and non-irritating to skin. Certain fabrics such as polyester and wool can irritate skin. If you need to wear these types of fabrics wear cotton underneath instead of wearing them directly touching your skin.

7. Stay dry

Avoid wearing wet gloves or socks as this can lead to itchy and cracked skin and sometimes cause sores or a flare-up of eczema.

8. Wear sunscreen  

While sunscreen is an item used more in the summer it can also be used in the winter to help protect skin. Winter sun combined with snow glare can be damaging to skin. Try applying sunscreen to your face and hands about 30 minutes before going outside.

9. Use a dehumidifier 

Keep a dehumidifier in your home to help get more moisture in the air.

10. Dress for the weather 

When going outside dress appropriately for the cold weather with proper warm clothing.

Tips To Help Protect Skin From Winter Dryness

Do you suffer from dry skin in the winter? How do you help protect your skin from winter dryness?

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  1. Many great tips here.

    My skin, special in the face are worse during winter. For me it's enough to clean my face and use lot's of lotion :)
    And I don't wear much make up, I think this helps also.

  2. We dont normally have a ton of issues when it comes to winter dry skin...thankfully! But it is always good to have ways to prevent it. :) Thanks for sharing

  3. These are great tips. I get horrible dry skin and have tried several of these items, they do help!

  4. Love these tips! I naturally have very dry skin and live in an even drier climate! thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Great tips. I have eczema/psoriasis so I have to be especially careful in the winter. I drink lots of water and slather myself down in lotion several times a day!

  6. I really need to follow these tips. I have really dry skin in the winter.

    Michelle F.

  7. I really need to increase my water intake, and remember to lotion my hands and feet after taking a shower...it really makes a difference.

  8. Great tips! I've been using a lot of moisturizer and drinking plenty of water :)

  9. Great tips. water, water water

  10. I needed this! My skin's been really dry lately!

  11. Thanks for the tips. Dryness of the skin is one of the things I hate about winter; well that and the cold. :-)

  12. Thank you for the tips. I'm going to have to share these with my husband. He has extremely dry hands.

  13. I always carry hand lotion to minimize winter dryness! Love Bath and Body Works.

  14. How would a dehumidifier add moisture to the air? Wouldn't that be a humidifier? (I thought that dehumidifiers pulled the moisture out?)