If your skin tends to be on the dry side, the winter months can cause your skin to become even drier. Between the cold dry air outside and the fact that you spend most of your time indoors with the dry heat on, your skin may see the effects.1 Dry skin can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable and can cause your skin to itch, crack, flake or even bleed.1 Simply put, dry skin can be uncomfortable, annoying and painful. So, how do you ease your dry skin quickly? Here are some tips:
- Change your shower and bath routines. Don’t use hot water, as this will dry out your skin even further. Use cool or warm water and limit your time in the shower or bath to 10 minutes at the most. You may also want to switch your cleanser or soap to a gentler version, formulated for dry skin. After your bath or shower, pat your skin gently instead of rubbing it with a towel and apply moisturizer as soon as possible.1
- Make sure to moisturize after you shower or bathe and after you wash your hands. This has been known to be especially helpful if you work in a career where you need to wash your hands often. If a thin lotion isn’t doing the trick, try switching to a cream or ointment.1
- Go through your skin care products and avoid using any that contain alcohol or fragrance. These can dry out your skin even further. If you find your skin becoming more sensitive in the winter, switch to more natural products or those formulated for sensitive skin. You may also want to switch out your laundry detergent for a more sensitive formula.1
- Don’t forget about your lips! Your lips can dry out just as much as your hands and other areas of your skin. Apply a healing lip balm throughout the day. If your lips are severely dry, try using petroleum jelly.1
- Make sure to wear gloves in the cold air. You can also wear gloves after you slather on lotion before bed. Wearing the gloves while you sleep will infuse the moisture while you snooze.1
- Try using a humidifier to add more moisture to the air. This can help avoid excess dryness, especially while you are sleeping.
- Don’t forget about SPF! It might be easy to forget sunscreen in the winter while the weather is cold, but you still need it.1 Try a moisturizer with SPF included in it every morning.
- If your skin is very dry or irritated, you also may need to see a dermatologist for a more specific or stronger treatment.1
Do you have dry skin in the winter? Is your skin dry year-round or just during the colder, drier months? What is your favorite lotion or other products to use for dry skin? Share with us in the comments below!
1 – Information from the American Academy of Dermatologists