At this point, I think it is safe to say that we are all sick of winter, especially when it comes to managing winter skin!
It’s true that this is the time of year when most of us are dealing with dry itchy red winter skin.
There are a lot of factors that can contribute to dull, dry skin such as, outdoor environmental climate, home heating, hot showers, and harsh detergent body washes. But we don’t have to suffer until Spring.
Here are a few tips to help ease you back to the healthy happy skin you miss!
I know we all love them because they feel so good, but they also strip oil from your skin. Hot showers swell capillaries leaving you with fragile red skin. The heat can intensify chemicals like chlorine (bleach) and fluoride which are also harsh on the skin.
So what can you do? Cool the water temperature down a little and consider adding a filter on to your shower head (or to your house water supply) to eliminate harsh chemicals and minerals from damaging your hair and skin.
Be sure to use a sulfate-free body cleanser to avoid stripping the skin of its vital moisture.
If you are suffering with dry skin this season, also look for a creamy cleanser with lots of emollients (moisturizing).
Bonus tip: Switch to a fat based soap bar to keep skin from getting dried out.
Moisture is being taken out of the air due to the weather as well as how we are heating our homes. Add moisture back in with a humidifier.
Bonus tip: Add some essential oils to increase happiness and wellbeing.
After the shower, pat dry (to avoid over-drying) and use a hydration mist to lock moisture into the skin. Follow with your favorite moisturizing ritual.
Your best defense is a great offense – and this is especially true when dealing with winter skin! Applying lotion 2 times a day will help you get ahead of the dryness.
Water based lotions in cold dry weather can be dehydrating though, so switch it up for a butter based moisturizer or apply an oil on top of your lotion to seal that precious moisture in.
Dry Body brushing
This is an old technique that is still a gold standard way of dealing with winter skin. It not only removes the surface dead skin cells, but improves the function of your lymphatic system.
Dry body brushing allows your skin to metabolize better as well as helping much needed moisturizer to sink in.
You can use a natural hair brush that can be found at most stores that have a personal care aisle. As an alternative you can use an exfoliating cloth or mitt.
You may want to perform this in the shower to keep the clean up easy.
Start at your feet and lightly brush your skin in an upward motion toward the groin. Spend a little extra time on the back of your thighs and rear if cellulite is a concern.
Move to your stomach in a counterclockwise motion.
Then go to your hands and work toward your heart.
On your chest, brush toward your underarm.
Brush down the back of your neck and then down the back (much easier if you scored a brush with a long handle).
Lastly, be sure to do circular motions in the underarm area. You can go in both directions.
Follow this with moisturizer. Add an essential oil to this routine for a nice way to treat your dry skin as well as a nice personal care ritual to improve your immune system and wellbeing (Geranium, Lavender, and Frankincense are all good and decadent choices for this).