6+ Tips To Keep Your Skin From Drying Out This Winter

Between the cold weather and it getting darker earlier, I’m not a fan of winter. And not only is my hair not a fan, my skin isn’t a fan either. The cold outside air and dry heat inside dry out my skin. So I’m constantly looking ashy and itching.

While this isn’t as big a problem as it was when I lived in North Carolina now that I live in Florida it’s still a problem. After finding myself constantly scratching my legs, arms, and back while sitting at my desk at work I finally had enough and decided I needed to find some solutions to stop the constant dryness.

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I found several solutions online, came up with a few of my own and gave them all a try. Some of them failed but there were several successes. So in this post, I’m going to share my successful tips for keeping skin from drying out in the winter.

1. Stay hydrated

This is a no-brainer but it’s actually one of the hardest ones to do. I constantly find myself forgetting to drink water throughout the day. And when I don’t drink water I find my skin pays the price and dries out much easier.

To stay hydrated I
  • Carry a water bottle around with me pretty much everywhere. Then I have no excuse for not drinking.
  • Drink hot tea or flavored water when I get tired of regular water.
  • Have soup for one of my meals. While this isn’t water I am ingesting liquid that doesn’t have sugar.

2. Use a good moisturizer

This applies to your body and facial moisturizers. Now I’ve mentioned in the past that I use store brand body lotions. They are friendly to my budget and I don’t notice a difference in quality, except during the winter.

For some reason, the store brand lotions can’t withstand the cold, dry air, even the ones that say they are for dry skin or ultra moisturizing. So I find myself itching throughout the day. I’ll be sitting at my desk at work and I’ll have to scratch my leg, arm, and neck within a minute. And even if I applied the body lotion at night before bed in the morning I look ashy in some places.

I also have issues with my face. I have oily skin throughout the year except in the winter. In the winter my skin switches over to combination where the skin around my mouth dries out easily. This would cause flaking and ashiness around my mouth that was hard to get rid of.

Now, to get the hydration my skin needs in the winter I use name brand lotions like the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream or that have ingredients like shea butter such the SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Lotion.

For facial moisturizers, I use ones that talk about moisture and hydrating your skin. The one I’ve been using this winter contains hyaluronic acid. It’s the Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield Water Gel with Broad Spectrum SPF25.

Another thing I like to do is apply my lotion or facial moisturizer when my skin is slightly damp. That helps to lock in the moisture from the water.

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3. Still exfoliate

Yep. No matter the weather our skin still gets rough and builds up dead skin cells so exfoliation even in the winter is a good thing. For me, it helps my skin look radiant and feel smooth. And when my skin is smoother it seems to hold moisture better and longer.

Exfoliating in the winter is a little different in the winter than say in the summer. You don’t want to dry out your skin so using a light scrub and spacing out your exfoliating can help with that.

I do a facial scrub about once a week all year round and sometimes every other week in the winter. For my body scrubs, I make them myself with sugar and natural oils. In the winter I use heavier oils which makes the scrub less harsh on my skin.

4. Go for warm versus hot

It’s easy and pretty tempting in the wintertime to turn the temperature up on your shower water. It creates a nice steam in the bathroom and keeps you from feeling too cold when you step out of the shower. On the negative side, the hotter the water the worse it is for your skin.

Hot water strips our skin of the natural oils it contains that keep our skin moisturized. Without the natural oils, our skin may experience itchiness and tightness that sometimes result from dryness.

So it’s best to fight the urge of turning up the shower past lukewarm. Instead of bathing in hot water, I initially turn on my shower to hot. Then after the water really heats up and the bathroom starts looking like a steam room I turn the water temperature down and then step in. While the water isn’t really hot the bathroom is which makes it all more bearable.

5. Use gentler cleansers

Winter tends to expose something we may not have realized in the summer. How harsh and drying the soaps and cleansers we’ve been using are. So harsh in fact that even turning down the water temperature may not help.

Why not take advantage of this and re-evaluate the ingredients in your body soaps and facial cleansers. Try to use ones that don’t have sulfates or glycolic. And use ones that say they have moisturizers in them. Two good ones are the SheaMoisture African Black Soap and Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Foaming Facial Wash and Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Bountiful Moisture Body Wash.

6. Do more facial masks

Hydrating masks can help give our skin a great boost of moisture. Especially on days when your skin feels like it’s drying out and nothing else is helping.

When it comes to hydrating masks you can buy them from the store. Some good ones are the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating 100% Hydrogel Mask and the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Super Hydrating Sheet Mask Mattifying.

Or you can create your own hydrating facial mask using ingredients that you can find in your kitchen and bathroom. Ingredients like honey, avocado, jojoba oil, and aloe just to name a few. Just make sure you’re not using ingredients that you’re allergic to.

Some additional tips for keeping your skin hydrated this winter
  • Carry a trial size lotion around with you. I do this all year round but I find I need it more during the winter. Whenever I wash my hands I have to apply lotion afterward.
  • Use a humidifier. I haven’t tried this yet but I’ve read it’s a great way to put moisture in the air which in turn helps your skin.
Share in the comments below your tips for preventing dry skin in the winter.


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