Your skin loses more than 25% of its ability to hold moisture in the winter. When the humidity level outside drops, dry skin becomes a common result. Cold and dry air causes the water in your skin evaporate more quickly; this makes your skin feel dry and tight, and makes it look flaky. Unfortunately, spending more time indoors surrounded by a heater also dries out your skin by drying out mucous membranes (inside your nose and mouth too). Even a long hot bath or shower may sound great after being out in the cold, but the combination of hot water and soaking can strip your skin of its protective oils.
Fortunately, there is a daily routine to ensure a hydrated, glowing complexion.
With a direct connection between the gut and skin health, increasing your daily intake of fats may help with dry skin. Switch to antioxidant and oil rich foods (blueberries, lentils, carrots, tomatoes, beans, avocados, walnuts). Tons of water and limit alcohol and coffee as they also dehydrate.
The drier the air, the drier the skin. To maximize the amount of water in the air, place a humidifier in the room where you spend the most time. Though gas and electric heat strip moisture from the air, a humidifier set to 60 percent is enough to offset this effect.
Using body oils and aloe vera to protect the dermis level of the skin and introduce a lipids serum into your skincare routine to replenish moisture in the skin. Remember, dry skin will stay dry without some light exfoliation. Consider a cleanser with mild glycolic, lactic or alpha hydroxy acids to fluff off dead skin cells. Swap a gentle scrub for your gel cleanser twice a week. No matter what the climate is, an antioxidant serum is perfect all year-round. Our essential below: