Winter Skincare: 5 Steps To Fight Dry, Cracked, Winter Skin

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  • Nourish & hydrate your skin using cleansers and moisturizers that contain humectants and that won't strip your skin
  • Prevent damage by keeping your body hydrated and limiting your alcohol intake
  • Turning down the heat on the thermostat and the shower to avoid over-drying
  • Listening to your skin and do not over-exfoliate
  • Wear sunscreen every day!

Sure, winter has some charm— delicate snowflakes, cozy sweaters, and holidays with loved ones, but have you ever noticed the absolute havoc it wreaks on your skin? 

Dry, cracked, skin surface that feels like the desert and looks like it’s never seen the light of day. 

This is due to the cold air which robs your skin of leaving it dry and sometimes even itchy in places. It can also cause severe dry skin, which manifests in eczema, and psoriasis. If this sounds familiar, then you are certainly not alone. You need to take care of your skin differently, depending on where you live and the time of year. 

“Your skin acts differently depending on where you live and how cold or dry it gets  during the winter. You should be swapping out your skincare products, just like you swap your shorts for sweaters, come cold-weather season.”

During the summer, you wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun… but what are some ways you can take care of your skin during the winter? In this article, we have listed 5 tips you can follow to keep your skin super happy and hydrated during the months of winter.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Nothing is more uncomfortable than dry, cracked winter skin. So you guessed it— our first tip is to keep your skin moisturized!

But moisturizing doesn't just start when you get out of the shower! The key to healthy and glowing winter skin starts IN the shower by using mild body care products that do not contain ingredients that will strip your skin of its natural moisture barrier. Sounds easy enough, right?

Instead, swap out your XYZ brand for hydrating body cleansers that contain natural moisturizers such as coconut oil, like our NEW Washed Up ALL In One Shower Oil. Not only is coconut oil a great moisturizer, but it's also an excellent antioxidant that helps protect the skin from environmental stressors. Coconut oil fights off free radical damage, and its natural antioxidant properties keep your skin looking plump and youthful. YAY!

Make sure you've got a good body moisturizer for when you get out of the shower, of course. Products containing humectants help repair the moisture barrier of your skin and help seal water in your skin to keep it more moisturized. Glycerin is an excellent humectant found in our In-Shower Moisturizer, which essentially takes the moisture you already have in your skin and brings it to the surface to help keep your skin hydrated. After the shower (preferably when you're still in the shower because the bathroom floor is likely freezing), apply the in-shower moisturizer, then give yourself a little pat down with a towel to lock in that moisture.

Here's a fun fact! The skin on your hands has fewer oil glands compared to the skin on other parts of the body, which is why moisture escapes from your hands quickly. Apply an extra layer of moisturizer on super dry areas, including your hands, before you go outside in the cold to prevent skin from becoming dry, cracked, and itchy.

Stay Hydrated 

Point blank, the air is much drier in winter, and as a result, water evaporates from the surface of your skin much more quickly. That's why you need to keep your skin hydrated in more ways than one.

Remember to sip your H20 so that you're keeping your body (and your skin) happy and hydrated.

If you have a hard time remembering to drink water, learn to make a habit out of it by setting a reminder on your phone or putting sticky notes around your house.

Rachel's Tip: When I take a sip of water, I make sure I drink for 15 seconds straight. It reminds me of a challenge (like chugging a beer in college), except this is actually something my body needs!... Speaking of beer, you probably want to stay away from anything that dehydrates you (aka alcohol) because it WILL dry out your skin, especially in the winter months.

Turn down the heat

We get it—cranking up the thermostat or taking a hot bath when you're chilly sounds like something out of a cheery holiday tune, but we are here to remind you that heat can REALLY dry out your skin. If you can, try to keep your shower temps warm but not excessively hot. And if you're feeling cold, throw on a few layers or get under some blankets, if you can!

Limit Exfoliation

Gentle exfoliation will slough off old, dry, cracked skin cells to reveal fresh, glowing skin, but during the frigid months of winter, make sure you are cautious about how much you exfoliate because of your skin barrier is already compromised due to the dry and cold weather. Depending on your skin type, you should exfoliate once a week.

Tip: Sans summer pedicures, the feet are another part of our body that often gets neglected during the winter months. Make sure you exfoliate the skin on your feet and ankles occasionally so that it can absorb moisturizer easily. Want even more hydration? Don't forget about your elbow and lips also!

Wear sunscreen

I know what you're thinking: why would I ever need to wear sunscreen in the freakin' winter? Am I really going to get a sunburn? Well, believe it or not, the sun's rays can still be powerful in the winter, especially if they're reflecting off snow or ice. So yes,

a layer of sunscreen is a good idea for anyone spending a lot of time outside, no matter what the season. And yes, it is still just as likely that you'd catch a sunburn.

We hope this list will help you fight dry, cracked winter skin. We recommend you first 1. Nourish & hydrate your skin using cleansers and moisturizers that contain humectants and that won't strip your skin, 2. Prevent damage by keeping your body hydrated and limiting your alcohol intake, 3. Turning down the heat on the thermostat and the shower to avoid over-drying, 4. Listening to your skin and not over-exfoliating. And finally, 5. Wearing sunscreen every day!

We hope this list will help you fight dry, cracked winter skin. Using products that actually work WITH your skin can do wonders for keeping your skin healthy, hydrated, and exfoliated. You don't have to spend a ton of money on products either. It just comes down to knowing what suits your skin type best -- and not being afraid to adjust your routine from time to time! With a bit of planning and some extra attention, your winter skin will have you feeling gorgeous and glowy all season long.

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