Dry Skin Tips For Winter - Dry Skin Care Routine

Do you experience the ill effects of dry, irritated, flaky skin each and every winter? If so, you're not alone. I'm going to share seven evidence-based tips to reduce that skin dryness - to reduce that itchiness. If you're interested, keep watching! Hello Hello! Welcome back to the whole happy life. I'm Ria. So I get dry skin every single winter and it's dry, it's itchy and flaky, especially on the legs. The face is okay because I moisturize well but the legs - nothing seems to work. So I decided that this year I would do the research and I would figure out ways to prevent that dry skin from happening in the first place. So this blog is basically a summary of all the research that I did. As usual, you can find the references in the description in case you want to read more. And just wanted to point out I am NOT a dermatologist I am not a skincare expert. I'm just someone who likes to research. 

Tip number one is to change your shower habits and this is by far the hardest thing to change because in the winter it's so nice to be under a hot shower. It just feels amazing but that is so bad for your skin. Most dermatologists do not recommend a long hot shower. It's probably the worst thing you could do for dry skin because it just makes it drier. You're basically stripping away that body oil that you need to have good healthy skin. So what can you do? The first thing you can do is reduce the temperature of your water. It doesn't need to be hot - it needs to be warm so it needs to be comfortable. You don't want to be uncomfortable in the shower but not hot, not scalding, not steaming. That'snot good for your skin. The second thing you could do is to reduce the amount of time you spend in the shower. Now I tend to spend quite a bit of time in the shower because I start to think about things and I know a lot of people do that. They start to daydream. I don't daydream but I think a lot so that happens in the shower and before you know it, it's been 20 minutes in the shower. 20 minutes in the shower it's too much in any season, especially in the winter. So you want to reduce your shower time to under 10 minutes and maybe even 3 or4 minutes on the days you're really not that dirty. So try to avoid too much time in the shower and try to reduce the temperature.

Tip number two is to change your cleansing habits. So obviously cleansing is important. Maintaining hygiene is important but the type of cleanser you choose and how you use it can have a really big impact on your skin. Now I'm not going to provide product recommendations because let's face it -what I can find in my country may not be available in yours and what works for my skin and my budget may not work for yours. So we're going to leave the product recommendations out but I am going to provide a few guidelines. So let's talk about the cleanser first. So when it comes to a cleanser you want to look for something that's not too stripping on the skin. You know that feeling when your skin is squeaky clean and tight after cleaning? That means your skin's been over stripped - a lot of the natural body oils have been removed and that's not a good thing. So avoid cleansers like that. Avoid cleansers that have sulfates. Sulfates can be very harsh on the skin. Look for something that is mild.. that is gentle.. perhaps even a milky cleanser. Something that's formulated for sensitive skin. A lot of those products tend to work a lot better for dry skin. So look for something that is not going to irritate your skin. Also, look for something that's fragrance-free. The American Dermatology Association recommends fragrance-free. The reason for this is fragrance can be irritant and if you're dealing with dry skin sometimes it is irritated as well so look for something that's very simple. 

Tip number two is, the thing to remember about cleaning is to avoid over-cleansing. This goes for your face, your hands, and your body. I think the routine that we have in the summer is not necessarily the best in the winter. So in the summer, we're sweaty, we're dirty, we tend to get stinky faster -we need to clean more. In the winter, you don't need to so avoid over-cleansing. In the book BEYOND SOAP, the author (who is a dermatologist) recommended not cleaning your entire body from top to bottom every single day with soap or with a body wash. It's unnecessary. Which kind of makes sense. Your arms and legs aren't getting dirty in the winter. You're not rolling around in the mud. So avoid cleaning too much. Just keep it to a minimum. Keep it to what you need to and don't over-cleanse. 

Tip number three is to apply moisturizer right after you wash your face, your hands, or your body. I used to apply moisturizer to dry skin and I think that's how a lot of people do it but it's not as effective as applying moisturizer on damp skin. When your skin is damp and then you put moisturizer on top of it it's going to lock in some of that surface moisture so your skin will look plumper and healthier and I do find it's a lot more effective. So that something I've started to do whether I'm applying moisturizer to my face, my hands, or my body. So make sure it's on damp skin and hopefully that will help with some of that dryness and it's also a tip that the American DermatologyAssociation recommends as well. 

Tip number four is to use a thicker cream instead of a lotion. Now I like lotions because they're easy to apply, they come in a pump bottle... they're convenient... they're not greasy. So I used to use lotion all throughout winter. I used to buy a thicker lotion but here's the thing. A lot of lotions have quite a bit of water and they don't have enough of the occlusive ingredients. The ingredients that are going to keep your skin protected from the elements. It's going to reduce the amount of moisture you're losing from the skin. So you want to look for products that are thicker.. that have more occlusive ingredients such as shea butter or cocoa butter and just look for something that's in a tub. Usually, the items that are in a tub are thick enough for the winter. Lotions - use them in the summer - they're just usually not that great for the winter and also look for something that's fragrance-free. 

This is also something the American Association of Dermatology recommends. The reason for this is that fragrance is honestly not beneficial in skincare. It doesn't do anything for your skin. It makes the product more appealing to use but it can be a potential irritant so just avoid the fragrance if you are dealing with dry, irritated skin and I started avoiding fragrance because of other reasons. My cats don't like it if I use a fragranced body butter because you know a lot of them are heavily fragranced. My cats run away from me. They don't like it so I have to use fragrance-free hand lotions,fragrance-free body lotions... otherwise, they won't get near me! So that's my reason for using fragrance-free. But it's also better for your skin. 

Tip number Five is to protect your hands- wear gloves. So if you're going outdoors it is always a good idea to take your gloves with you. A lot of us do but sometimes you forget and if you're not wearing your gloves, your hands can get very dry. I go for outdoor walks and the days I don't take my gloves, my hands pay for it. So definitely remember to take your gloves and apply moisturizer before you put your gloves on - even better. So try to do that. The other thing to remember is when you're cleaning try to wear gloves. A lot of times when we're cleaning around the house we're coming into contact with things that can dry our hands out. In the summer, it might not be a big thing but in the winter when things are already dry, it's so much easier to get dry hands. So let's say you're cleaning your dishes. The detergent that you're using is designed to clean grease off of dirty dishes. It's actually pretty harsh - that can dry out your skin. And also hot water - remember we talked about in tip one. Hot water not a good thing for dry skin, so try to avoid washing dishes by hand. Try to avoid cleaning by hand. Use your gloves. 

Tip number six - don't overheat your home. Now obviously you have to heat your home in the winter because you want to be comfortable but there's a difference between a comfortable temperature and overheating. When you overheat your home the air in your home that's already dry becomes warm, dry air, and that warm, dry air can make your skin feel drier. It can make your nostrils feel drier. I used to overheat my place, I'm not proud of it but honestly, it made my nose so dry and my skin so dry and even my younger cat..his tail started to flake. So no overheating. Heat your home as much as you need to. Wear more clothes but just try to avoid overheating your home. 

Tip number seven is to use a humidifier.  I do find that using a humidifier makes a big difference when I remember to use it. Now if you've never used a humidifier before there are so many different options and it can be daunting to pick a humidifier. So I have a few links in the description. Check those out. I use a cool-mist humidifier and I find it really effective but it can get moldy so you have to keep it really clean but it is an effective way to make the airless dry. 

the bonus tip is about lip balm. Now the lips can get very dry in the winter... that's because our lips don't produce any oil and they're very exposed to the elements, so they do get very dry and a lot of us turn to lip balm but sometimes that lip balm makes the problem worse. In the book, BEYONDSOAP,  the author who's a dermatologist, talks about lip balm and she recommends avoiding the balms that have certain ingredients that can be potentially irritating. So an example would be something like fragrance. Again we talked about fragrance. Essential oils.. some of them can be quite irritating to the skin. Cinnamon, menthol these kinds of things are very very common in lip balm and that might be the reason why your lip balm is irritating you. It's making your skin dry and chapped. So try to avoid those kinds of lip balms. So look for something that has very simple ingredients that are not going to irritate your skin.

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