Thank you EVERYONE who DM’d me with suggestions for the January monthly beauty tip! I got an overwhelming response with SOS messages for help with dry skin for these cold, winter months. So I’ve put together some easy ways you can remedy dry skin starting RIGHT NOW!
1. Hydrate from WITHIN
Drink as much water as you can! Well…within reason. Drinking too much water also isn’t a great thing, so aim for about 1/2 your weight in ounces. This one is so hard for me, but every time I increase my water intake, I notice a difference in my skin – especially my dry lips. They magically start to be less chapped. I’m desperately trying to be better about drinking more water in 2018 – who’s with me?
I just ordered this Hydro Flask water bottle because I can’t ignore all the hype about it…it’s supposed to be amazing!
PS – A little tid-bit for you, dermatologists say that repeatedly drinking through straws on a very regular basis (like all day, every day) can increase lip lines and wrinkles around the mouth – so pick a water bottle with no straw! They say drinking from a straw 1-2 times a week or less isn’t anything to worry about – phew!
2. Use a HUMIDIFIER at night in your bedroom
This helps your health overall in so many ways, but it’s a great way to put moisture back into the dry air in winter months, and nourish your skin while you sleep. Dry skin ages MUCH faster than well moisturized skin, so get your humidifier going and let your skin soak it up all night long. Experts say a humidity level should be between 30% and 50% in your home, especially during the dry winter months when you’re running your heat. I prefer as close to 50% as we can get.
We actually have a whole house humidifier, but that’s more for keeping the whole house at a specific humidity level…and we notice a big difference when we also add a portable room humidifier in our bedroom for when we sleep. We just had to buy a new humidifier and purchased this reasonably priced ($69.99) one from Amazon – and so far, we really like it. No leaking, easy to fill and easy to use. It’s uber quiet and the flow of moisture doesn’t leave a film or any moisture droplets on our furniture like ones we’ve had in the past. So far, it does the job!
3. Apply a BODY OIL within 3 MINUTES of your shower to wet skin
It’s key to be quick about this task, just apply your fave body oil immediately after you shower while you’re still wet (or at least pretty damp) to lock in the moisture for your skin! This is a very European beauty tradition, and even popular in other parts of the world as well, whereas Americans tend to favor lotion. And lotions & creams CAN be great at penetrating the skin leaving it feel softer too! But oils really help protect the skin’s natural lipid barrier – so that’s why timing is key with applying it. It’s nice to add this extra step to your routine if you’re experiencing itchy & dry skin this time of year. After you apply it to your wet skin, it’s important to let it set and then just dab dry with your towel – no rubbing yourself dry!
- Argan Oil – awesome for dry skin and fighting signs of aging
- Avocado Oil – great for irritated, dry and sensitive skin
- Coconut Oil – also great for sensitive skin and eczema
- Rose Hip Seed Oil – also great for aging & fine lines and uneven pigment
- Almond Oil – another one that’s great for sensitive skin and anti-aging too
I’m also a fan of this combo dry body oil by MoroccanOil which uses Argan, olive and avocado oils – so luxurious.
4. Add a product with HYALURONIC ACID to your skincare routine
This little magic ingredient has been promoted as a “fountain of youth” – which obviously isn’t quite true – let’s be real. BUT…it is a substance that exists in our bodies to lubricate our eyes and our joints and now is an ingredient to look for when you’re trying to add some MAJOR moisture back into your skin. I have to say, I’ve noticed a big difference in the suppleness of my skin after using a product with 30% hyaluronic acid in it, and now I’m addicted. I love it! So look for this ingredient towards the TOP of the ingredient list on the back of your skincare products and thank me later. 🙂
5. DON’T Shower daily
It drys out your skin, the water washes away the natural skin oils that are GOOD for your skin, as well as washes away the GOOD bacteria that also exists to help keep your skin healthy! Unless you work around chemicals every day or if you are seriously sweaty (like dripping sweat) from the gym daily, you likely do NOT need a daily shower. You can always spot treat areas with body wipes as needed – but showering daily – it’s a no-no if you’re suffering from dry skin. And when you DO shower, keep it to 10 minutes or less and use warm water – never HOT.
For non-shower days (which is A LOT for me haha) my fave body wipes are either an Honest baby wipe I steal from Avalon or these shower sheets from Sephora.
I hope this post rescues your skin from any uncomfortable dryness this winter season. All we need to do is keep our skin hydrated and count down until Springtime!