How to Fight Dry Skin in the Winter

Winter is not your skin’s friend.  We all know that.  We’re all familiar with the chapped lips, cracked, dry skin and itching that winter weather can be responsible for.

At this time of the year, we should all take additional precautions to protect our skin from the elements.  Cold temperatures can wreak havoc and recovering from that havoc takes longer than it does to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Let’s talk about how to fight dry skin in the winter, with some easy self-care tips.

Moisture.

Now’s the time to pile on the moisture.  Right after washing your face with a mild cleanser, moisturize with something rich to protect your skin from the elements.

And your body needs help at this time of year, too.  Even though you’re covered up from head to toe against the cold, the dry air can still get to you, causing dry, flaky skin.  Keep your body under wraps, but before you dress, use a good body lotion to save your skin from the cold.

A whole new level of Vaseline.

Everyone knows at least one person who swears by Vaseline as the first line of defense against dry skin in the winter.  But nowadays, we have a modern alternative.

Egyptian Magic boasts the consistency of Vaseline, but without the petroleum.  This solid oil product contains beeswax, bee pollen and Royal Jelly.  Like Vaseline, it can feel greasy if you don’t apply it carefully.

Dot it on your skin and work it in well and your skin will be protected and nourished.

Buy a humidifier.

If you’re thinking a humidifier is a bridge too far for the sake of your skin, you need to know what a difference it can make to they way your skin feels during the winter months.

The vapor from a humidifier will keep your skin soft and hydrated.  It may take up a little space, but so what?  Your skin’s well worth it.  You can thank us later!

Pack reinforcements.

Pack a small bottle of lotion in your purse or laptop case before heading off to work, or wherever it is you’re going.  Prevent the drying effects of the cold from having their way with your hands, neck and ears by applying a little from time to time, to prevent dryness.

You may also want to pack a hydrating face spray to freshen yourself up in the middle of the day.

Ditch the hot shower.

Sure, it feels good, but showering with hot water can exacerbate the effects of winter conditions on your skin.  Turn down the temperature and add bath oil to your shower routine to finish off your cleansing ritual.

Better yet, have a bath, adding moisturizing oils that not only feel great on your skin, but smell wonderful.

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