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How To Treat Dry Skin in the Winter

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As the winter weather approaches, you may start to notice your lips needing more chapstick and your face forming more than its normal dry patches. Don’t worry, this is a pretty common occurrence in the winter weather, but if it becomes too severe, you may need to talk with a professional. Dry skin needs special care and knowing the dry skin weather is upon us is one sign that you start a dry skin care routine. There are proper steps to take in order to avoid or reduce the symptoms of dry skin on the face in winter. 

Why Winter?

Your skin sometimes will have its normal dry spots throughout the year, but in the winter you may start to notice it spreading. You may even notice your normally oily skin is now looking flaky or dry. This can be common when the air outside drops in both temperature and humidity during the winter. Our skin loves moisture, and cold and dryness suck that moisture from the skin. Dry air, and cooler temperatures, can intensify flaking, itch, and irritation.

Another cause could be dehydration. Sometimes the lack of heat can make us forget we still need water, or maybe you’re using products that work just fine when your skin is receiving help from the environment’s moisture but struggle now that extra moisture in the air is gone. There can be various reasons or even a combination of reasons that your skin becomes dry in the winter. Whatever the cause, there are some steps you can take toward the prevention and reduction of the dry skin on your face.

Cover Your Face + Your Hands

Since the combination of the cold and dry air can cause the moisture to be pulled from your skin, wearing some sort of cold weather accessories can help to prevent this from occurring or at least from happening at a severe level. A scarf or a face covering such as a mask for your face, and gloves for your hands can limit exposure to cold air.

Things to Avoid

Avoid anything that can dry out your skin. This can include washing and toning in your facial routine. You should still wash your face daily, but if you’re noticing more dry spots you may try washing your face once a day or changing the products you use.

Also, try not to lick your lips often. When it becomes dry outside this may become a habit, but it will just irritate your lips more than help relieve any discomfort. Using chapsticks will help with chapped lips or just staying hydrated can also reduce the redness and irritation.

Your skin being exposed to heat can also be a cause of dryness to your skin, both through the warm air blowing through vents and through using warm water to wash your skin. Both of these are essential in a winter environment, but you should limit them if possible now that you know they may be adding to your skin’s dryness. No, this doesn’t mean to start taking cold showers and turning the heater off. This just means that the hot baths and showers should be kept to a minimum and that you should avoid sitting too close to the heater.

Drink Water

You’ve probably been told to drink more water many times before but it’s true that sometimes all you and your skin need is hydration. When your skin is losing moisture, water can help with that. Oftentimes when it’s colder we don’t recognize the signs of thirst because we don’t sweat and experience the same reactions as we do in the summertime. So, keep a water bottle with you, and don’t forget that just because you’re not hot doesn’t mean your body isn’t still thirsty.

Moisturize!

Perhaps the most important step in keeping away dry skin in the winter is to moisturize. Even if you think your skin is too oily, moisturizing is still important to a daily skincare routine. Moisturize your face twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. For your hands, you can use CBD hand lotion. In the winter you may even switch to using a thicker moisturizer than normal as that will help to lock in moisture. You should never skip moisturizing in your winter skincare routine. It’s important to keep your skin feeling soft, smooth, and supple.

BOTA skin offers products made with the health of your skin in mind. There are a wide variety of products designed not just for your face, but to take care of any dry spots on your skin this winter. Check out their selection and take care of your dry skin.

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