Ready to say “bye Felicia” to dry skin this winter? You’re not the only one. Dry skin is a pain in the butt for many, and freezing temperatures with low humidity only makes things worse. Don’t let that stop you from living your best life. Follow these five tips for radiant skin, no matter the time of year.
1 - Start oil cleansing
Most cleansers are too harsh for people with dry skin, as they strip the little bit of moisture you already have. Avoid these products like the plague.
When your skin needs a thorough cleanse, oil cleansing is the way to go. It’s an effective way to reduce the amount of moisture you’re pulling from the skin. It also puts a stop to excessive oil production, which reduces your chances of future acne breakouts.
2 - Use skincare products with emollients and occlusives
Don’t you just love those skincare products that leave your skin silky smooth and softer than a baby’s bottom? Thank emollients for that. Oftentimes found in cleansers and moisturizers (like jojoba and chia seed oil), this ingredient provides moisture in abundance. Emollients work wonders on dry skin. Not only does it eliminate dryness, but it also decreases your chances of wrinkles later on.
Your skin needs as much moisture as it can get. Skin dryness is mainly caused by trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). There’s an ingredient that can combat this as well, and they’re called occlusives. Commonly found in avocado oil, occlusives are what keep moisture locked in. It’s so magical that it can alleviate inflammation and flakiness.
Occlusives alone won’t solve your problem. Too much of it can be too heavy for the skin, which makes it look too greasy. That’s why emollients and occlusives are the perfect pair. They balance each other out. Together, they produce glowing skin. Our Daily Dew Face Oil contains both.
3 - Hydrate your skin
There’s no evidence that water consumption can make your dry skin go away. In fact, let’s clear the air on that myth. Some people think that by drinking water, it directly adds more moisture to your skin. This couldn’t be further from the truth. While water does leave your body and cells hydrated, it has a minimal impact on your skin. Don’t believe the hype!
There’s another way you can quench your skin’s thirst. If you’re exposed to harsh winter weather conditions, invest in a humidifier. It’ll make up for the moisture you lost while you were away. Just flip it on whenever you’re home. You’ll thank me later.
4 - Exfoliate sparingly
Do NOT over-exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation is great, but avoid going overboard. You’ll know that you’re doing too much if you see signs of tightness, irritation, and excessive dryness.
5 - Take shorter hot showers
Yes, you read it right. Too much bathing can worsen the effects of dry skin. The shorter you shower, the less you’ll have to worry about natural oils being stripped from your skin. To make things easier on yourself, just remember to step out of the shower within 10 minutes. Make sure you’re not taking showers with piping hot water, either. Keep it cool or lukewarm.
Dew what you gotta dew to get rid of that dry skin. It can be done.