Using the same skin care routing year round may not work when the humidity drops. Without a proper change to your skin care, dry air can make lines and wrinkles more noticeable, and can cause you skin to itch, flake, crack, and even bleed.
Here are a few tips that can help.
1. Limit your shower/bath time
Make sure you prevent baths and showers from making your dry skin worse by limiting your shower time to 5-10 minutes, closing your bathroom door, using warm water instead of hot, and not overusing any cleansing product.
2. Blot, don't rub your skin dry
Another important tip is to never rub yourself with a towel to dry. Instead pat yourself dry. This helps you keep your skin soft, and eliminates any potential risk of skin irritation.
3. User a Moisturizer!
But why would you use a moisturizer after you got out of the water? The answer to that is simple. Moisturizer doesn't actually add moisture to your skin, rather it helps your skin retain the water already present in it. So after bath time, make sure you use some lotion!
4. Anti-aging is a no-no
Usually, anti-aging products are a strict no-no for dry skin. However, if you are insistent on using some, or they don't affect you too bad, make sure that you are using anti-aging products that are at least free of retinoid or AHAs, as these ingrediants are very irritating to dry skin.
5. Take a Fish Oil Supplement
To make sure your skin stays healthy, it is important that you take obtain proper nutrients and supplements. Studies show fish oils such as Cod liver oil - and the omega 3 acids found within them - can help sooth dry skin, and keep it looking vibrant and healthy.
6. Take Care of Your Extremities
Usually, it is your extremities which get the brunt of the dryness. In the winter season, make sure to use gloves and socks to keep your extremities from drying. Make sure to moisturize your hands and feet with scrubs and moisturizers that are designed for people with dry skin.
7. Don't Forget To Moisturize Your Lips
One of the most common things to dry out on your face, are your lips. Lips are especially prone to chapping, so make sure you use a good heavy duty lip balm every few hours to help protect your lips from dust, pollution, and brisk winter winds - as all of these can cause your lips to dry.
Regardless of your skin type, it is usually a good idea to exfoliate your skin. For people with dry skin we recommend scrubbing your skin at least twice a week. Once a week, if you have sensitive skin. Make sure you use an exfoliant that will suit your skin type and is of high quality. (You really get what you pay for here!)
9. Use Sunscreen!
Often the most overlooked part of a skin care routine, using sun screen is extremely important! You should be using it every day! Since dry skin is prone to wrinkles and again, the sun can cause even more damage. Having a good sun screen can help your skin look younger, longer. It is also important to know the right SPF required for your skin tone and type - consult your dermatologist on the best sunscreen products for your skin.
10. See a Dermatologist
If you have tried everything and still are having issues with your dry skin, we highly recommend you visit a Dematologist. There are a plethora of things that can effect your skin, and having a professional opinion is always a good idea when dealing with ongoing, or chronic problems.