One subject that stays relevant throughout winter is how to deal with dry, flaky skin because the struggle is real 24/7. Fortunately, I pulled together all the best ways to get rid of dry skin so you can fight it off effectively until temperatures creep back up this spring. With a few products and beauty routine hacks, you'll be on your way to your gorgeous, moisturized self in no time.
Given the fact that it's starting to consistently dip below freezing here in Manhattan, I've had to totally up my winter skincare game. Gone are the days I could easily slip out the door with just a little moisturizer and a perfectly wrapped blanket scarf and call it a day! Luckily, learning how to tweak your routine a little with extra attention toward keeping skin hydrated isn't tricky at all.
Side note to all my extra sensitive skin ladies out there: The tips below are safer and more gentle, and shouldn't be a problem for you. I personally have super (super) finicky skin, and have tried out all of these strategies with no issues. But if you have questions or concerns, definitely reach out to your doctor or dermatologist before changing anything up in your skincare regimen.
Here are 15 ways to overcome dry, cracked skin.
1. Do Not Skip Lotion
For extra patchy and flaky spots, my go-to is Philosophy's "Take A Deep Breath" gel. It doesn't go on heavy or globby at all, so I never worry about it clogging my pores.
3. Take Shorter, Colder Showers
I know it sounds awful to take a cold shower on a cold day, but Linda Stein Gold, MD, clinical research director for the dermatology department at Detroit Henry Ford Hospital, told WebMD, "It can dry out the natural oils in our skin more quickly." Even turning the water to lukewarm will make a huge difference.
4. Treat Yourself To A Steam Facial
If you still need a steam fix, consider an Audrey Hepburn moisturizing steam facial. It feels stupid good.
5. Reach For Body Butter
For a totally luxurious moisturizer, slather a little body butter on after you've applied lotion.
7. Do Weekly Face Masks
8. Use Gel Body Wash
9. Don't Skip Sunscreen
10. Eat Plenty Of Good-For-You Fats
You need MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids) in your diet to keep your skin soft and supple. Give it some love from the inside out by nomming on avocado, flax seeds, and wild caught salmon.
11. Remember To Exfoliate
12. Stay Hydrated
Keeping enough water in your system is crucial to maintaining soft skin. If chugging cold water sounds unbearable, don't forget that herbal tea counts, too!
13. Invest In A Humidifier
14. Just Add Milk
According to Prevention, milk contains anti-inflammatory properties to soothe itchy, dry skin. Simply dip a wash rag in it and then apply to the irritated area for five minutes. I won't stop you if you want to eat add some cookies...
15. Lube Up Your Socks
If your heels or hands are especially cracked, Prevention advised squeezing lotion into a pair of gloves or socks and then wearing them to bed.
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