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Winterize Your Skin: 4 Ways to Reduce Dryness

Chilly weather doesn’t just mean pumpkins and sweatshirts. It also means dry skin.

At the first sign of cold weather, your feelings are likely a mixed bag. November nights definitely mean you’re bound to enjoy some PSL and all that adorable pumpkin and mum-infused autumn decor, but those decreasing temperatures also equal winter skin. In fact, the moment the weather starts to chill, it’s your skin that feels the impact first.

Remaining inside isn’t an option, the treated heat in your home is just as rough on your exterior as the dry, outdoor air. No, the key to summer soft skin 24/7 – 365 is having a steadfast beauty routine. Do these 4 things every day and you’ll keep your soft, silky, summer complexion throughout the winter … and beyond.

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1.  Avoid Daily Showers

Pediatricians often recommend a decrease in weekly baths for children who aren’t necessarily dirty, sweaty, or who have certain skin conditions, but you can follow that advice as well. Remember, the minute you step into a shower, especially a warm or hot one, your skin has a tendency to dry out rather quickly because the water immediately evaporates off your skin. Dry skin, although treatable when in its early stages, can lead to more serious issues such as eczema if not taken care of right away.

Pro Tip: Skip daily showers and keep all baths and showers lukewarm.

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2.  Exfoliate

Today, exfoliants come in a variety of packages, from liquid exfoliants which use a high concentration of BHA, to sugar scrubs. You should be exfoliating all year long, but it’s especially important as all that dry skin builds up during the winter.

Pro Tip: Find an exfoliator that works for you and use it every 2-3 days or, at the very least, once every 1-2 weeks for sensitive skin.

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3.  Use a Humidifier

The dry air in your home during the winter is due to both the lack of moisture in the outside air as well as the heating mechanisms of your home. Combined, these factors wreak havoc on your skin, and no one wants that! To add moisture indoors, purchase a humidifier and run it at night while you’re sleeping.

Pro Tip: Use the warm-mist setting in the winter. If you have room in your budget, consider a whole-home humidifier.

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4.  Invest in the Appropriate Moisturizers

Moisturizers come in a variety of formulas and what works for you may not work for your best friend or sister. Focus first on moisturizers with natural oils such as olive oil. Shea butter and cocoa butter are two tried-and-true creams that generally work on dehydrated skin.

Pro Tip: Thicker creams, as opposed to light lotions, are generally more effective at soothing severe dry skin.

So there you have it.

  • Don’t shower too often
  • Exfoliate regularly
  • Invest in a humidifier
  • Use moisturizing creams.

This winter, there’s no excuse for dry skin. What are your favorite products to help combat the winter skin blues? Let us know in the comments below.

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