Do you struggle with dry skin in winter? Here's why:
Cold air holds less moisture
Your outer layer of skin, the epidermis, tends to reflect the moisture content of the air around it. When you go outside, your skin is exposed to air that is lower in humidity. This inevitably takes moisture away from your skin. That's why in winter it seems like an ongoing battle to keep your skin from drying out.
Heating your home
Heating your home in winter lowers humidity levels indoors. The constant circulation of hot, dry air can even lead to sore throats in the morning.
With the air already lower in moisture, and windy days common in many places in the winter, the climate outdoors is twice as hard on your skin.
Remedies for dry skin in winter
Eat foods high in fat, such as olive oil, walnuts, and avocados.
On the other hand, don't overdo it with alcohol, coffee, or other caffeinated drinks. Alcohol and caffeine dehydrate our bodies. Instead, drink water or herbal teas.
Buff and/or drybrush your skin to encourage exfoliation.
No matter how much cream or lotion you slather on, your skin will stay dry without some exfoliation. Read our Dry Brushing guide if you want to learn how to dry brush. Or you can use a buff or rough towel to gently rub your skin. If your skin is severely dry, try a warm, wet wash cloth for a more gentle approach.
Use a lotion oil, or serum with antioxidants, such as Vitamin A, C or E.
Winter is still an important time to protect against damage from free radicals.Our Botanical Body Lotion has vitamins C and E to help protect your skin from sun and environmental damage.
Switch to a heavier face cream.
Look for a cream, rather than a lotion, that has hyaluronic acid. This ingredient helps aid in protecting the skins barrier, which is easily broken down in winter by cold, dry air.