Okay, so this is just a little random extra post because I had been meaning to make this into a YouTube video for like the past 3 years, but I just never got around to it, so instead, I wanted to make a blog post out of it before it was too late! This isn’t just specific for one gender either, it is for ALL humans to use and benefit from!
*I am still a licensed aesthetician, so I promise I’m not just some random beauty blogger giving out misinformation.*
5 Ways to Avoid Dry Skin in the Winter
- Turn the heat down.
- Believe it or not, dry winter skin does not derive strictly from the cold air, but from the increased amount of heat we subject ourselves to during the colder months, as well. Try turning your heat in your house down anywhere from 1-5 degrees (depending on how high/low you keep the heat).
- Sleep with a humidifier or a vaporizer.
- If you’re tired of waking up with dry mouth or chapped lips, this could be a huge help. They increase the moisture content in your room to help decrease the amount of moisture loss you experience while going without water for a long period of time. If you sleep in a house with a wood burning stove/fire as the heat source, a humidifier should pretty much be a necessity for you to have.
- Use more natural bath/body products.
- Most of your drug store products are going to be big red flags for these. Stay away from all bar soap as well. They tend to leave a residue/film behind and are incredibly drying for the skin. You also want to avoid your gel cleansers with heavy perfumes and coloring agents. To stay in the lower price range, companies will use harsh alcohols and perfumes to create fragrance instead of using more natural fragrances from plants and oils. These alcohols and perfumes are irritants that not only dry out the skin, but can sometimes cause minor skin irritations. To find out if the product you are using contains these types of perfumes, look under the product’s ingredients. If next to Fragrance it has in parenthesis the word “perfume” or any other variation of the word, then that is one you want to try and avoid. You want the product to read something like “Fragrance (natural from oils)” or even have an absence of fragrance listed. Now, the products that are better for your skin are obviously going to cost a little more. Just remember that when it comes to skin, it’s the organ system that takes the toughest beating. No matter how many beauty creams you use or what they tell you they can do, you cannot topically put collagen or elastin back into your skin. You can physically massage the skin to try and stimulate new collagen production, but your body still has to be willing to produce it. It also cannot rebuild elastin without injections or cosmetic surgery. For the best skincare, I will always recommend professional grade products recommended to you after you’ve had a skin consultation with an aesthetician, but I also wholeheartedly understand the struggle of wanting to care about my skin and being on a budget. My suggestion for that is trying to find local shops or booths at farmers markets, or small online businesses that hand make their products (@she_is_of_the_woods on Instagram is who I purchase 99.9% of all of my beauty products from). I still don’t suggest bar soaps, but most likely their gel cleansers and body lotions will contain very natural ingredients that are gentle and will actually nourish the skin. There are also natural remedies that help, but make sure you do extensive research on where the source is coming from. Most of the ones that you find online or on Pinterest are written from a place of little to no education and won’t do what they claim to do.
- End your showers a little lukewarm.
- This is honestly where I am the worst because I love scalding hot showers, always. To counteract this damage, try spending the last 30 seconds to five minutes of your shower with the water temperature dropped. It doesn’t have to be freezing cold, but taking the heat down a little will decrease the rate of water loss in the skin.
- Apply lotion when wet.
- I said what I said. I know many people don’t like this because it makes the lotion all weird and white and takes forever to dry right? While it does take longer to be absorbed, know it’s because a true hydrating lotion will have water-bonding properties so that the water now mixed in with your lotion, can be absorbed back into the skin at a more efficient rate. The best way to lock in moisture is to pat (not vigorously wipe down) your body dry when you get out of the shower so that your skin is still slightly damp and then apply your lotion. This application also increases product penetration since your pores are more open and relaxed. Also, don’t be over concerned with getting your moisturizer immediately rubbed all the way in. By allowing your moisturizer to sit and slowly absorb into the skin, you are making sure that all of the product gets absorbed and isn’t wiped off on your clothing. Just give it a minute or two, nothing major. If you are not using lotion every day, or at least every time you get out of the shower, you should be ashamed of yourself. Men there is absolutely nothing about putting on lotion that threatens your masculinity and I can guarantee your skin looking like leather at 35 will not make you more attractive. This goes for oily skin as well. Being oily or acne prone and doing something to your skin because it you feel like it dries it out, is most likely going to make your oiliness and acne worse. When your skin feels like it’s drying out, it prepares itself for damage control basically, and will start producing more sebum (oil) to overcompensate for the natural oil you are stripping away. By keeping your skin well moisturized, your skin feels like it’s hydrated enough and will slow down the sebum production. I have some of the world’s oiliest skin, I am 26, and STILL heavily acne prone, but there are nights where I will just slather a thick facial moisturizer on and then coat that with vitamin E oil before I go to bed. Being oily and being moisturized are two different things. Just because your skin is oily, does not mean it is hydrated. You must make sure you are keeping your body hydrated and moisturized at all times. (Learn about the difference in hydrating vs moisturizing HERE. #3)
There ya have it. 5 super easy things you can do to help keep your skin from drying out for the next few months!