Winter is the harshest season on your skin. If you’ve ever suffered from dry, flaky, itchy skin that starts in the fall and rears its ugly head during the cold winter months, you know how important it is to have a dry skin treatment plan.
Luckily, having a good winter skin care routine can help you prep your skin for the milder spring season, so you have a youthful, radiant glow. Here are expert tips for whatever dry skin issues you may have.
Prevent Dry Skin
The best practice for dry skin treatment is prevention. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends these tips to help prevent your skin from drying out during the winter months:
- When you go outside, wear gloves whenever possible to protect yourself from the elements. Cover your face with a scarf if your nose gets red, chapped, and dry.
- Limit your shower or bath time to five to ten minutes, and take a warm shower rather than a hot one. Wash your face and body with a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser.
- Blot your skin gently after your shower, and then apply a moisturizer immediately as part of your dry skin treatment.
Moisturize More Often Than You Think
In the winter, the air is much drier than usual, and even in your own home, the use of heated air will leave little ambient moisture. Since your skin won’t be able to pull much moisture out the air, apply lotion to your whole body when you get out of the shower.
Keep a nongreasy lotion on you and apply it after you wash your hands. You’ll probably also want to apply throughout the day whenever your hands feel dry and itchy. Additionally, when applying lotion, make sure to pay special attention to your back, as it can be difficult to apply lotion evenly there, and extra dry spots, like your elbows and knees.
Stop Drying out Your Skin
Harsh products like deodorant soap or skin care products that contain alcohol, fragrance, retinoids, or alpha hydroxy acid can suck the moisture out of your skin. Many acne products are also likely to contribute to dry skin as well—as they usually contain ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid—so consider using those every other day to see if that helps with the dry skin on your face. Talk to your dermatologist about the best skin care regimen for you.
Antibacterial soaps can also dry out skin on your face, hands, and entire body. Look for products that use the phrases “gentle,” “hydrating,” or “for sensitive skin.” If your facial toner is too harsh, that can dry out your skin as well. Look for alcohol-free toners, and remember to always pat your face and skin dry after cleaning with a towel to lock in moisture, rather than rubbing with a towel, which can take away moisture and irritate sensitive skin.
Exfoliating your face and body can help remove dead skin cells so you’re able to see the glowing skin underneath. You might decide to use a brush or a scrub to physically remove dead skin cells or use a chemical exfoliation to gently dissolve dead skin cells. Talk to your dermatologist about which method is best for your skin. Remember to always follow exfoliation with a moisturizer to keep skin supple and hydrated as part of your dry skin treatment plan.
By making these changes to your daily routine, you should start to feel relief from your dry skin. If you’re still experiencing discomfort from winter skin issues, consider Icon™ for skin revitalization. It offers a great solution to brighten your skin after a dull winter. Talk to your doctor about whether Icon™ is right for you.
The key to beautiful, hydrated winter skin is simple: moisturize, moisturize, moisturize, and prevent habits that contribute to drying out your skin even more.