With cold weather, even the most well cared for, balanced skin can be thrown off by dry, winter air. Dehydrated skin often leads to dullness and flaking.

Here, just in time: a guide to protecting your most moisture-starved parts so you can stay radiant and glowing all season long.

Exfoliate regularly

Exfoliation is a first crucial step to quenching dry thirsty winter skin. Dead skin buildup on the surface of skin can prevent moisturizers from penetrating. By exfoliating away the dead skin on the surface, it allows your moisturizer to absorb better. After all, trying to moisturize cells that are already dead won’t get you very far.  Exfoliate your face regularly with a mild exfoliate, about 1-3 times per week, to help your moisturizer penetrate better.

I love this exfoliator from Aveeno – Amazon Product Link

 

Use a heavy Moisturizer

The dry, cold air will dehydrate and dull your skin if you don’t up your moisturizing routine. One of the easiest things you can do is to swap your regular moisturizer for a slightly thicker and richer formula.

Applying an extra thick coat of your regular moisturizer won’t work since our skin can only absorb so much. The solution is to use the right moisturizer with the most effective hydrating ingredients that will actually work. Specifically, look for moisturizers with humectants. They help pull & retain moisture into your skin.

My personal favorite moisturizer for repairing dry, flaky, winter skin is this luxurious yet super affordable moisturizer from LilyAna Moisturizer  (Has humectants!)

 

Layer Up

If you can’t take heavy textures on your face, consider a face oil followed by a lighter-weight cream. This one-ingredient wonder has endless applications because it mimics the natural oils found in skin and hair. Dry skin and oily areas alike drink up its moisturizing properties, which are quickly absorbed without leaving a greasy residue or clogging pores. Hair loves it, too – Face Oil

 

Don’t forget the rest of the Body

  • Lips  If you’ve ever sat in bed picking at a piece of skin that was dangling from your upper lip, you know why chapped lips made the list. Brush your lips gently with a toothbrush to get rid of that excess skin before you apply a lip balm.

My all-time favorite is Amazon Link

It does everything you expect from a lip balm. I buy in bulk and have one anywhere I could possibly need it (at my work desk, in my car, in my handbag…and so on.

  • Dry feet? Dry elbows and knees?  Vaseline or Aquaphor is your best friend.
  • Hands  Are most overlooked and age the fastest. Keep a bottle of hand cream in your purse or on your desk.  This creamy balm   with 20 percent shea butter, honey, almond extracts and coconut oil are blended to create this extremely effective formula.  The rich texture will leave your hands soft and smooth!

 

Hook Up the Humidifier 

Central heating systems (as well as space heaters) blast hot dry air throughout our homes and offices. Humidifiers get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. Place several small humidifiers throughout your home; they help disperse the moisture more evenly.

 

Avoid Hot Showers

Let’s face it, it’s freezing cold outside and all we want is a long, hot steamy shower at the end of the day. However, taking those hot showers can do more damage. The natural oils from the skin are removed, which makes the skin more dry and scaly. Limit your showers to about 10 minutes and try using lukewarm water. Follow immediately with a moisturizer while you are still damp.

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