Trying to prevent and treat dry skin in the winter can feel like an uphill battle. Sometimes your skin feels so parched it can even feel itchy or get flaky.
It’s not fun, and it can also affect how your makeup looks. It might seem like your foundation disappears after a couple of hours, as if your skin drank it all in. Fine lines can be more noticeable, too.
That’s why I’m always looking for new, more effective ways to treat dry skin, especially once temps and humidity levels drop.
Here are simple yet practical tips to prevent, soothe, and treat dry skin, especially in the winter.
Tips to treat dry skin in the winter
If you have dry skin in the winter:
- Avoid very hot showers. They can strip your skin of natural oils and create more dryness.
- Apply a good moisturizer right after your shower to seal in moisture.
- Don’t over-exfoliate. It can irritate your skin. And always apply moisturizer after exfoliating your skin.
- Adapt your skincare routine. Switch to a mild cleanser or one made for dry skin. I like micellar waters because they’re easy to use and don’t leave my skin feeling dry and itchy. Or you can use a cleansing balm or cleansing cream.
- Moisturize even if you have combination or oily skin. Yes, you can have dehydrated skin even if it’s oily.
- In the AM apply a serum before your CC cream or foundation. In the PM, apply a hydrating or night cream after your serum. You can also use an overnight mask.
- Prevent cracked lips by using a
heavy dutylip balm. La Neige lip mask is wonderful, as is Clinique Moisture Surge lip balm and La Mer lip balm.
- Don’t forget to drink water. Just because you are not sweating as much as the summer doesn’t mean you should stop hydrating!