Six Best Practices to Avoid Dry Skin

While winter months bring great sweater game, cozy blankets, and questionably the best drink offerings at Starbucks®, they also bring colder and drier air with less humidity leading to dry skin. Dry skin can be uncomfortable and itchy, and seemingly hard to combat, but there are some tricks you can use to keep your skin hydrated for the remainder of winter.

Apply Moisturizer to Damp Skin

The best option for combating dry skin is keeping the skin hydrated with moisturizer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology the optimal time to apply moisturizer is within a few minutes after cleansing. Once your body or face is washed, it’s best to leave the skin a bit damp and then apply either an ointment, cream, or lotion. This method works by trapping in the existing moisture on your skin and leaving you feeling refreshed and smoother than before.

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Bathe in Lukewarm Water

There’s nothing better than coming in from shoveling the driveway and taking a nice hot shower…right? Wrong. Although it may feel nice to hose off in high temperature water, you’re stripping away essential oils from your skin. In order to keep your skin’s thirst quenched, it’s important to bathe in lukewarm water. Showering in a moderate temperature allows your skin to lock in necessary moisture. So next time you’re trying to defrost, avoid turning your bathroom into a sauna.

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Exfoliate Weekly

In order to maintain healthy and hydrated skin, it’s important to break up those dead skin cells. Over time, dead skin cells can build up on the skin’s surface and cause it to look dull and lack moisture. To prevent this build up, it’s important to exfoliate the skin. Whether it be in the shower with a loofah or washing your face, exfoliating is key to avoiding dry skin in the winter. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Use Products For Dry Skin

If you’re prone to dry skin, maintaining moisture in general is a struggle, but the winter cold makes it even harder. Luckily there are brands that make incredible products that are formulated specifically for dry skin. For example; Milk Makeup’s new product Vegan Milk Moisturizer is perfect for soothing and softening the face. Created with natural ingredients, this product is sure to keep moisture locked in all winter long.

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Take Sun Protection Measures

Although this may not be specific to dry skin, sun protection is optimal in maintaining healthy skin, even in the winter months. Bare Republic has taken sunscreen to a new level of protection and fun with their Mineral SPF Holographic Shimmer Sunscreen Lotion – Diamond Dust. This lotion not only shields from the sun’s harmful rays, it leaves the wearer with a sparkly and shimmery radiance. While the cold air makes dry skin more prevalent, the sun is still shining and it’s important to keep sunscreen a part of your daily routine.

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Use a Facial Mist to Refresh

If you’re looking for a quick dry skin pick-me-up, look no further than a facial mist. It’s an easy way to give your face a hydration boost as well as a natural glow. To get that perfect hydrating shimmer seek out a formula that is infused with ingredients such as essential oils, aloe vera, rose water, coconut water, witch hazel, plant extracts, green tea, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid. A quick burst of a facial mist can wake up dry skin in the winter. As a bonus, it can also be used year-round for cooling off hot skin in the summer.