Have you ever noticed how your skin responds to the changing seasons? If so, you’ve likely noticed that your skin often seems to get drier and flakier in colder winter months.
Cold air, dry indoor heat, low humidity levels, and harsh winter wind can all zap your skin with moisture. This can leave your skin looking a lot less radiant than normal — not only your face, but also your hands, feet, and other areas exposed to the elements.
There are steps you can take to keep your skin looking healthy, even when temperatures dip and there’s no escape from winter’s dry, cold air.
What are the signs of dry skin?
Some of the most common signs and symptoms of dry skin include:
- flakiness or scanlines
- rough texture
- raw, irritated skin
- cracks in your skin
- stinging or burning
The medical term for dry skin is neurosis. Symptoms can range in severity and look different depending on the area of your body that’s affected.
Dry winter skin isn’t inevitable. By making some changes to your skincare regimen and habits, and using the right products, you may be able to keep your skin looking soft, smooth, and vibrant all winter long.
Let’s take a closer look at 11 tips that may help you boost the health of your skin during the colder months of the year.
1. Moisturize right after washing
2. Apply sunscreen daily
3. Use overnight treatments
4. Adjust your skincare routine
5. Use a humidifier
6. Dial down the temperature
7. Go easy on exfoliates and scrubs
8. Try adding occlusive to your routine