This season is decorated with dehydration. ❄️
From plummeting humidity levels (indoors & outdoors), to sugary treats, coffee, and alcohol around every corner, it’s like winter is trying to dry you out.
More than likely, these seasonal delights are causing your skin to lose moisture.
This blog was created to provide you with dermatologist and esthetician-approved solutions you can even start today to say goodbye to your dry, tight, itchy winter skin distress.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
There’s a subtle difference between dry and dehydrated skin. Before we offer solutions for dehydrated skin, let’s get clear on the differences.
- Skin Type (inherited)
- Feels dry all over body
- Lacks sufficient sebum
- Needs moisturizer in any season
- Is a skin condition (not type)
- Lacks Water
- Causes uneven texture + dullness
- Can be a temporary condition (seasonal)
Because both cause flaky, red, irritated skin, they’re easy to confuse. However, dehydrated skin is more likely to occur in the winter while dry skin is exacerbated during these months.
But still, both circumstances can be helped with the following.
GOOD TO KNOW
When it comes to dry or dehydrated skin, habits and products should:
- Prevent excessive moisture loss
- Boost your skin’s lipid barrier
- Increase moisture levels, & retain that moisture
- Prevent the stripping of protective oils
Everything from your cleansing habits to the foods you eat can help.
4 PRO SOLUTIONS FOR DEALING WITH DRY WINTER SKIN
SOLUTION 1: ADAPT YOUR CLEANSING HABITS
- Stay away from lengthy, hot showers. Hot water pulls moisture, strips natural oils from your skin. Opt for a quick, lukewarm shower that doesn’t shock your system.
- Use a sulfate-free, gentle cream cleanser. Avoid the sudsy stuff.
- Keep the bathroom door closed. While showering and drying off, keep the door closed to keep extra moisture in the air.
- Afterward, try not to rub excess moisture away. Blot with a towel and immediately apply moisturizer to your body to help seal in the moisture.
- If you take a bath, add natural oils to the water like the following.
Some Great Oils To Try:
- Coconut Oil – Add a nice healthy scoopful
- Argan Oil – A few sprinkles to a Tablespoon
- Grapeseed Oil – A few drops to a Tablespoon
- Avocado Oil – 2 Tablespoons
- Olive Oil – A few drops to a Tablespoon
- Almond Oil – 2 Tablespoons
SOLUTION 2: ADAPT YOUR HOME ENVIRONMENT
A few ways we can keep our skin happy at home:
Add a humidifier to the home (especially in your bedroom at night)
- Adjust your thermostat to a lower degree. Layer up and use blankets in your house to stay warm!
- Keep omega 3 rich foods in the home
Think salmon, walnuts, flax seeds and avocado. These good fats support a healthy skin barrier and improve your overall health. In return, a healthy body and skin lipid barrier responds better to hydrating efforts.
SOLUTION 3: ADAPT YOUR SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Our skin has different needs in the wintertime.
If your current skincare routine does not include powerful humectants, consider adding them in. Humectants are like a drink of water for your skin. 💧 They attract moisture from the air to your skin AND help to hold that moisture. Add products for the body and face with ingredients like:
- Hyaluronic acid
- Sodium hyaluronate
Also, look for products with skin-identical ingredients that help to improve your skin’s barrier. Learn about these pivotal ingredients in our blog, here.
Become a moisturizing pro. Apply a heavy cream or body oil to your body in the morning, at night, and when needed during the day. You’ll know you’re using too much if your skin refuses to absorb it within a couple of minutes.
SOLUTION 4: ADAPT YOUR EXFOLIATION ROUTINE
Exfoliation is critical for healthy skin. 🥰
However, if your skin barrier is already compromised by winter conditions, you can be more susceptible to redness, sensitivities, and irritation, as irritants. For this reason, gentle exfoliation is key.
Regular exfoliation should be a normal part of your skincare routine. If your skin is painfully dry, and/or irritated, you should avoid exfoliation for winter altogether.
Otherwise, try lessening the frequency or severity of exfoliating.
Note: Always avoid over-exfoliation.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
The quicker you adapt to these environmental and routine changes, the better. A healthy skin barrier is at stake!
We hope you enjoy thriving, newly hydrated skin this season!
If you’d like a more personal approach to solving your skincare needs, feel free to schedule a consultation with our esthetician Farah. You’ll be hydrated and merry in no time!