Updated: Dec 18, 2019
Along with the beautiful snow and cozy vibes of the winter season comes a familiar foe: dry, cracked, and even bleeding skin. We’ve all been there and while we may have found a favorite lotion that can help us survive, wouldn’t it be nice to find a way to prevent dry skin in the first place?
Skin is our largest organ and just like the rest of our bodies, our skin needs support in order to stay healthy and moisturized. The frigid outside air and the dry indoor heat each play a role in drying our skin out, but there is still hope for maintaining healthy winter skin. Let’s take a look at these 10 helpful hints to keep our skin looking and feeling great this season!
Give Yourself an Oil Massage Daily
This tip might be a new one for you, but those who follow Ayurvedic (ancient Indian medicinal) practices are quite familiar with the benefits of a daily oil massage. The idea is to fully moisturize and nourish your skin each day before you get in the shower, and the excess oil will wash off as you bathe. Many people find that using organic coconut oil, sesame oil, olive oil, or sunflower oil for this daily regimen helps keep the dry, itchy skin at bay and may provide other health benefits as well!
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
If you’re not up for trying an oil massage or your skin needs more TLC, do some research to find high-quality products that don’t have any of the yucky chemicals in them that will continue to dry out and mess with your skin. Two great resources are the ThinkDirty app or the Skin Deep website, where you can look up the toxic rating of different skin care products you’re considering. Look for lotions, hand creams, and other intensive hydration therapy products.
It seems that our mothers and grandmothers weren’t just worried we would catch colds by skipping our gloves and mittens, they were also looking out for our skin! Keeping your skin protected against the frigid air by wearing scarves, gloves, hats, and ear warmers can help your skin retain its natural moisture. Especially when participating in winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and sledding, it’s important to cover your face and protect it from the wind that will leave your skin feeling raw and chapped.
Love Your Lips
Show some love to your lips by keeping a natural, petroleum-free chapstick available in your car, coat pocket, and nightstand drawer for easy application at any time! Even better if your chapstick has SPF protection.
Some people make a habit of pulling out an air humidifier each winter when the weather starts to get colder and the indoor heat kicks on. You may find that your skin stays healthier with more moisture in the air, so do some research and find an affordable, quality humidifier and see what happens!
Winter is not the time to be using harsh cleansers and toners on your face every night. Instead, opt for more gentle ways to remove the dirt and/or makeup from your face and make sure to moisturize your face along with the rest of your body. Similarly, avoid harsh body washes and opt instead for an oil cleansing method or all-natural, moisturizing body products.
Keep Using Sunscreen
While it may be tempting to let your sunscreen end up in the back of your skincare cabinet during the colder and more cloudy winter season, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends continuing to use sunscreen daily since UV rays can still cause skin damage even when you cannot see the sun or feel its warmth.
Inside and Out
Skincare is often an outside-in approach, but don’t forget to keep drinking water and herbal tea, instead of just hot cocoa and coffee, so that your body stays hydrated. Also, eating healthy fats and foods containing Omega 3s will give your body the building blocks it needs to maintain healthy skin!
Limit the Extremes
Jennifer Powers, MD, FAAD recommends limiting showers to one 5-10 minute shower per day and keeping the temperature lukewarm rather than hot. Excessive showering or showering with hot water frequently can contribute to dry skin and other skin issues. Also, remember to moisturize after your shower unless you’ve already applied oil to your skin as discussed in tip #1.
Keeping your thermostat at the right setting will also help you avoid dry skin since too much heat can make it harder for your skin to retain moisture.
You surely don’t want to try to hide your face all winter because of dry skin, so be proactive and start using luxuriously creamy face masks more regularly to help fortify your skin with extra moisture. If you can find masks that are oil-based and don’t have harsh chemicals, even better! Treat yourself to some relaxation and hydration this winter season.
Arista Spa and Salon: Healthy Winter Skin Experts
If you want more personalized recommendations for keeping your skin healthy this winter, our skincare professionals would be more than happy to help. Come in for a facial or a hydrating body wrap to give some serious replenishment to your skin. We also offer a line of top-notch skincare products! Call us today to schedule your appointment.