Winterize Your Skincare Routine for Dry Skin

by Christine Belino

Dry skin is a common problem in the winter, when cold weather and indoor heating can leave skin feeling tight, itchy, and flaky. In this article, we will discuss how to winterize your skincare routine to help keep your skin healthy and hydrated. We will cover tips for cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting your skin from the harsh winter weather.  

Some simple tips for winterizing your skincare routine include:

  • Using a moisturizer or cream every day, even if you don't feel like your skin is dry . Many moisturizers are made to be used under makeup.
  • Using a mild cleanser that does not leave your skin feeling tight or dry, avoiding harsh soaps whenever possible. Instead of soap, look for ingredients like glycerin, oils, and even coconut oil in the list of top ingredients.
  • Avoiding hot showers since they can strip skin of natural oils.
  • Using a humidifier in your home to increase the moisture levels in your living environment (especially important during winter heating seasons).

These simple tips can go a long way towards keeping you hydrated and healthy this winter! If you are concerned about dry skin, itching, or other signs of irritation it is best to contact your dermatologist or primary care provider.

If you are struggling with dry skin this winter, find products which has the following ingredients:

Glycerin: a humectant that helps to prevent loss of moisture from skin

Coconut oil: An ingredient which is actually able to penetrate the skin's lipid bilayer when applied, thus imparting its moisturizing effects.

Squalane: A form of natural emollient derived from plants and oils. Rich in antioxidants and phytosterols it can help to improve skin hydration and enhance skin barrier function.

Hyaluronic acid: This ingredient is able to hold 1,000 times it's weight in water and helps prevent transepidermal water loss (TEWL) from the skin. It also has antioxidant properties which further protect the skin.

The first ingredient should be either squalane or hyaluronic acid. The second ingredient should be one of the following: glycerin, coconut oil, natural plant emollients (jojoba oil), or fatty acids. Your moisturizer should have these four ingredients in order to properly protect your skin from dryness this winter.

The weather outside is frightful, but your skincare routine doesn't have to be! Follow these tips to keep your skin hydrated and healthy all winter long.

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