Ah, winter. When you think about this jolly season, your first thought likely has nothing to do with dry skin. In fact, it’s probably more something like…
The last thing anyone wants to think about with the winter season approaching is dry skin. It’s itchy, scratchy, annoying, and just generally one of those things that we like to forget happens every year.
But, winter will be here in a blink of an eye. For many, that means drinking lots of hot chocolate and dutifully caring for dry skin so you can avoid feeling, well, like this:
Make a mental note of our biggest dry skin care do’s and don’t’s below to avoid becoming an itchy human version of this highly uncomfortable (albeit adorable) cat when dry weather strikes!
What to Do About Dry Skin
- Use creams and lotions that are highly moisturizing, emollient, and protective (e.g. Sebamed Anti-Dry Day Defense Cream, Sebamed Anti-Dry Night Intensive Cream and Sebamed Anti-Dry Hydrating Body Lotion). Apply them on your skin at least every other day, and up to 4 times a day on the driest areas.
- Choose skincare products with a pH of 5.5 to help protect the barrier function of your skin against water loss.
- If you have a skin condition/disease, consult your dermatologist before the dry season starts because medication may either be necessary or just help out a ton.
- Scalp and hair are often affected by dryness, too. Use a mild, pH 5.5 shampoo with active ingredients that protect and restore your scalp and hair’s hydrolipid balance (e.g. Sebamed Paraben-Free Everyday Shampoo).
- If you really want to be aggressive against dryness, install an air humidifier in your room to help keep your skin moisturized. Those babies do wonders!
- You’ve got to keep that gorgeous skin hydrated by drinking at least 2 liters of water, juice or tea each day.
Dry Skin Care Tips to Avoid
- Don’t use soap or neutral skin cleansers. Wash your skin with pH 5.5 cleansers instead (e.g. Sebamed Anti-Dry Wash Emulsion).
- Don’t shower more than once a day or take overly long showers. Especially don’t shower in hot water (it should be nice and temperate)!
- Avoid soaking in the bathtub for a long time – it makes your skin even drier. If you do want to take a bath (trust us, we get it: warm baths after being in the cold are the best), only use soap-free, pH 5.5 bath wash.
- Avoid frequent peelings and skincare products containing alcohol – they amp up the dryness.
Got all that? Now you’re ready to face the cold with soft, healthy skin!