Winter can be the bane of our skin’s existence. We often struggle with cold weather, wind chaffing, and dry skin. While some of us just accept these changes as typical signs of winter, you don’t have to be one of the sufferers! We have tips on how to keep your skin soft, moisturized and hydrated during the winter months.
Smooth as you sooth:
Extra-dry skin like on dry upper arms can trigger a flare-up of keratosis pilaris, that annoying rough skin. Try a lotion with salicylic acid to exfoliate dead cells around your hair follicles and reduce the appearance of bumps.
Handle with care:
To prevent chapping parched hands, embrace wipe-off, soap-free cleansers and alcohol-free hand sanitizers. Experts say that they are less drying than washing repeatedly with soap and water. When you do wash, choose a moisturizing soap-free cleanser or a hydrating antibacterial gel, then slather on lotion right away.
Anything that creates an occlusive barrier (i.e., traps moisture) on skin helps lotions and creams soak in. So slip on some cotton gloves over lotion to help moisturize parched hands. Even wearing them for an hour can really soften up your skin.
Just add honey:
To soften stubborn dry patches on rough elbows and knees, opt for a rich, hydrating scrub. A simple mix of honey and sugar works great!
Pick super-gentle exfoliators if trying to moisturize your chest and back. We like tiny rounded polyethylene microbeads, this will help brighten dull winter skin on your face and body.
Treat feet at night:
Before bedtime, gently buff away calluses with a hydrating scrub or pumice stone, and apply a thick, buttery moisturizer while feet are still damp, then wear socks overnight.