It's that time of year again! Time to break out the sweaters, hot chocolate, and... dry, flaky skin? If you're like most people, your skin gets a lot drier during the winter months.
The dry air strips away moisture, leaving your skin feeling dry, tight, and flaky. Windy days can make the problem even worse by causing chafing and irritation.
If you're not careful, you may end up with a case of winter skin blues. But don't despair!
There are a few things you can do to help your skin weather the storm. Here are the top 5 reasons why your skin gets dry and flaky during the winter - and what you can do about it.
1. You're Not Moisturizing Enough (or at All)
One of the most common reasons for dry winter skin is simply that people aren't moisturizing enough (or at all).
If you want to keep your skin looking and feeling its best during the colder months, it's important to moisturize regularly.
We recommend using a light, oil-free moisturizer morning and night. For an extra boost of hydration, try using a hyaluronic acid serum under your moisturizer.
2. You're Taking Long Hot Showers
We know how tempting it is to take a long hot shower when it's cold outside, but hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils and leave it feeling dry and irritated.
To help prevent this, try keeping your showers on the shorter side and sticking to lukewarm water instead of hot water whenever possible.
We also recommend using a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser to avoid further irritation.
3. You're Not Drinking Enough Water
Staying hydrated is important for overall health, but did you know it's also crucial for keeping your skin looking its best?
When you don't drink enough water, your body starts to pull moisture from other areas—including your skin!—to make up for the deficit, which can leave your complexion looking dull and tired.
To help prevent this, make sure you're drinking eight glasses of water per day.
4. You're Wearing Too Much Makeup
We get it—sometimes you just need a little extra coverage to get through the day.
But if you find that you're wearing more foundation than usual during the winter months, it could be contributing to dryness by creating a barrier that prevents your skin from breathing properly.
To help mitigate this, try cutting back on the amount of foundation you use or switching to a lighter coverage formula.
And be sure to remove all traces of makeup before going to bed!
5. You're Skipping Body Exfoliation Day
Another common reason for dry winter skin is a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin.
When dead skin cells aren't removed regularly, they can create a barrier that prevents your moisturizer from doing its job properly.
That's why we recommend exfoliating two to three times per week using a gentle scrub like our Gleam Body Scrub.
Made with 100% vegan and all-natural ingredients, Gleam Body Scrub gently sloughs away dead skin cells, revealing softer, smoother skin with just one use! Winter skin who?
Don't let the winter blues get you down—especially when it comes to your skin! By following these simple tips, you can keep your skin healthy and hydrated all season long.