Did you know that your skin loses 25% of its ability to hold moisture in the winter? That’s why during winter, our cheeks are drier due to decreased natural moisturizing factor. Below are 8 tips to avoid dry winter skin.
Before we get to the tips, let’s talk more about other factors affected by dry skin.
Dry skin can result in chronic eczema and/or bacterial infections. When skin is too dry, it becomes brittle, scaly, rough or tight, which can trigger an eczema flareup.
As we mature, dryness becomes more common due to a lifetime of sun exposure and thinning skin that doesn’t hold moisture well. We also produce less natural oils. This is why you may notice that your arms, legs, hands, and upper back feel drier.
Contributing factors to winter skin dryness and 8 tips to avoid dry winter skin
1) Contributing Factor: Low humidity.
Tip: When indoors use a humidifier set at approximately 60%.
2) Contributing Factor: The cold air causes water in your skin to evaporate quickly.
Tip: Moisturize immediately after shower or bath while skin is still damp. Use a
rich moisturizer to help hold in moisture.
3) Contributing Factor: Windy weather.
Tip: Wear your hat, gloves, and scarf to protect your skin.
4) Contributing Factor: Indoor heat.
Tip: Lower your thermostat and use a humidifier, especially at night.
5) Contributing Factor: Dry winter air may cause skin irritation.
Tip: Keep your skincare routine simple. Use a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen during the day and a gentle cleanser and moisturizer at night.
6) Contributing Factor: Irritating clothing.
Tip: Avoid fabrics that dry out or aggravate your skin like cotton and wool, respectively.
7) Contributing Factor: Nighttime water loss.
Tip: Use an emollient at night. It’s heavier and absorbs slowly overnight.
8) Contributing Factor: Dehydration.
Tip: Drink plenty of water.
Try an herbal approach
Look for herbal, plant-based ingredients for dry skin relief. They’re gentler and work with your skin. Some synthetic ingredients are known to cause skin irritation, which exacerbates the problem.
Skincare is not ‘one-size-fits-all’. Find what works for your skin, develop a routine, and be consistent with it. That is a positive step towards healthy, moisturized skin.