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How to Prevent Dry Skin This Winter

Written by Adrienne Wolter, Community Blogger | Feb 23, 2015 9:47 AM

As if the winter season weren't brutal enough, you know, with the icy roads, unexpected sick days, and the need to wear 17 layers at all times, our skin has to flake out on us too. Literally. Dry skin is arguably the worst side effect of winter, and when the temperature is reaching all-time lows and dipping into the negatives, battling it seems like an impossible feat.

For those of us who want to experience and actually enjoy this time of year, pulling the comforter over our heads and hibernating for a few months is out of the question. Get ready to take full advantage of some of these tips and tricks that will be real skin savers this season.


Photo by Viktor Hanacet

1. Take Quick Showers

When the mornings bring an ice cold chill with them, basking in a scalding hot shower seems like the only option. But if you're battling dry skin, you need to fight the urge to hit the shower snooze button, and actually try to get in and out as fast as possible. While there are certain benefits of hotter showers, hydrated skin is not one of them.

2. Get Rid of Dry Air

Try cranking up the humidifier. When the air is cold and dry, it makes sense that it would be difficult for your skin to sustain moisture. Adding some humidity to the air will basically be like adding moisture to your skin.

3. Try an Anti-Inflammatory

Remember that one summer you got a little too much sun and aloe vera worked all kinds of magic on your skin? Well, it's not much different now. Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory and can also reduce the itchiness of having dry skin. Pick up a bottle in gel form at the local pharmacy and apply it after showering. It will make all the difference.

4. Exfoliate Liberally

Exfoliating is the first step to getting rid of those dead skin cells that are causing your face to peel. Investing in a facial scrub that won't irritate your skin, as well as an awesome moisturizer for afterward, is the best move. While there's nothing wrong with moisturizing pretty much all day every day, be careful not to over-exfoliate and make your skin raw, because that will definitely cause more harm than good. And for the rest of your body, try a relieving body wash

5. Use a Mask

Try an at-home face mask. Many boast different natural oils and sugar scrubs as being the key to soft and smooth skin. You're bound to have a few of these ingredients in your cabinet, so pull them out and give them a try. Some even recommend eating more foods with oils to heal dry skin.

There's no need to spend the season hiding your dry itchy skin. With a few of these great tricks, you can be outside doing all of the things you love to do, but this time with glowing skin.

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