Despite the glory and sparkles that come with the festive season, winter can be a real nuisance. We’re referring to its impact on the skin, of course. The harsh temperatures and cold weather can wreak havoc on our skin’s barrier, creating yet another obstacle in our journey to supple, hydrated skin. Dry skin in winter is a given at this stage, but here at Ameliorate, we don’t believe that this has to be the case. With the right skincare regime and ingredients, there’s no reason why we should sit back and accept all of those skin woes associated with this chilly time of year. For this reason, we’ve shared some of our top advice on how to avoid flakes and irritation, and maintain luscious skin all year round.
Keep reading for Ameliorate’s skincare tips for dry skin in winter.
Why does winter cause dry skin?
You might be wondering why does winter cause dry skin? Especially if, for the rest of the year, your skin is relatively unproblematic. We know by now that cold weather conditions play a big part. This is because there’s little humidity in the air, and low humidity can draw moisture from our skin. However, there are actually a few more factors to blame.
So, why does winter cause dry skin aside from bitter temperatures? Well, the warm blasts off radiators aren’t helping either. Thanks to our heating, as we step inside to get out of the cold, we’re stepping into another environment with a severe lack of moisture in the air. Topped off with those piping hot showers on dark, frosty mornings, these are the perfect conditions to strip the skin of all of its hydration.
How to take care of dry skin in the winter
So now that we know why winter causes dry skin, let’s take a look at tackling it.
Stop showering (with piping hot water).
This is a key way to take care of dry skin in the winter and don’t worry, we have some tips.
- Try to time your showers around exercise. When your body temperature has already been increased, you’ll be less interested in a piping hot wash.
- Start with cold water. From there, you can make small adjustments until the water is lukewarm. This way, your mind may be tricked into thinking that you’re using water that’s hotter than it is.
- Focus on your breath. Take deep inhales through your nose and sharp exhales through the mouth. Breath work makes chilly showers all the more bearable.
- Try to make it a habit. Remember why you’re doing it, it will all be worth it to avoid that dry skin in winter!
Moisturise while your skin is damp
One of our favourite pieces of advice to take care of dry skin in the winter is to moisturise while your skin is still damp. Damp skin equals hydrated skin. Therefore, when you lather on the Transforming Body Lotion on top, it’s not only providing an extra layer of intense moisture, but sealing the hydration into your skin.