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9 Ways to Combat Dry Skin in the Harsh Winter Time ...

By Jordin

I would love to share a few ways to combat dry skin! Where I live, it is winter about 6 months of the year. We have a very dry climate and harsh winds almost year round! I do not have dry skin on a regular basis, but the winters here can work a real number on my skin. I’ve had to learn a few ways to keep my skin soft since moving here! Read below if you’re in the same boat as I am and need a few great ways to combat dry skin!

1 Drink Lots of Water

Of all the ways to combat dry skin, drinking water is still number one. Staying hydrated is key to keeping your skin touchable and smooth. You still have to put out a little extra effort, but you would be surprised by how keeping hydrated can have an effect on your skin. Drink your recommended 6-8 glasses a day, plus a little extra if you can.

2 Use Moisturizing Soaps

Nothing can strip your skin of its natural moisture faster than using the wrong kind of soap. Many scented soaps could also further irritate dry and itchy skin. Invest in a great moisturizing soap! Avoid using cheap body washes. Sticking with the good stuff will give you the results you want.

3 Avoid Scented Products

As mentioned above, scented soaps can really irritate dry and sensitive skin, especially in the harsh wintertime, but the same goes for other products. Scented lotions, body sprays, and even perfumes can have a drying effect when applied directly to the skin. Try spraying your perfume in your hair or onto your clothes. (Take care of the type of fabric if you choose to spray perfume directly onto your clothes). Invest in a non-scented lotion in place of scented creams.

4 Use Oil

Oil is great for keeping your skin soft and supple. There are so many different types of oil. Baby oil is a favorite for many people. Other types of oil you can try include olive oil, coconut oil, or Vaseline! Any of these oils will get you soft and moisturized skin!

5 Wear the Proper Gear

Cold and biting winter winds will chap your skin and dry it out quickly and easily. Keep a pair of gloves in your coat pocket and wear them whenever you go outside, even for just a quick run to the car. Dry hands can be further irritated by not drying your hands completely when you wash your hands, so pay attention when you dry off.

6 Don’t Shower with Hot Water

I know how tempting it is to take a hot shower on a cold winter morning, but keep in mind that hot water can strip your skin. Aim for a warm shower instead of a hot one. If you must have a hot shower, try to shorten your time in the water. Your skin will thank you.

7 Liberally Apply Moisturizer Daily

One tip I can give you for the wintertime is don’t skimp on the moisturizer. Apply body creams liberally and often. It’s especially important to put on moisturizer after getting out of the shower, or after you have been out in the elements all day. I keep a travel bottle of lotion in my purse so I can apply it to my hands throughout the day.

8 Use a Skin Scrub

Scrubs are great for getting rid of those dry and flaky patches of skin that plague us during the winter season. I prefer to use a homemade one. I simply add 1 cup of sugar to 2/3 cup of olive oil and a drop or two of my favorite essential oil. Use it in the shower for soft and silky skin.

9 Get a Humidifier

Humidifiers help to put moisture in the air. This not only helps with dry skin, but also helps you to breathe easier, especially at night. I run one on each level of my home. If you live in a particularly humid climate, you can skip this idea, but for dry climates, you will notice a large difference.

Depending on where you live, winter can really wreak havoc on your skin! If you face dry and dull skin during the wintertime, then these tips are for you. I hope they help. What tips can you share for banishing dry skin in the winter season?

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