At some point, we all struggle with dry skin. These problems often occur during the winter months, when our skin is drier than usual. Follow these pro tips to mitigate your skincare woes this season!
Moisturize Right Away: Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing or after washing your hands. This helps plug the spaces between your skin cells and seal in moisture while your skin is still damp.
Humidify: Use a humidifier in the winter. Set it to around 60%, a level that should be sufficient to replenish the top layer of the epidermis.
Wash Less: Limit yourself to one 5- to 10-minute bath or shower daily. If you bathe more than that, you may strip away much of the skin's oily layer and cause it to lose moisture.
Avoid The Harsh Stuff: Steer clear of deodorant soaps, perfumed soaps, and alcohol products, which can strip away natural oils.
Put Away The Scrubs: To reduce the risk of trauma to the skin, avoid bath sponges, scrub brushes, and washcloths. If you don't want to give them up altogether, be sure to use a light touch. For the same reason, pat or blot (don't rub) the skin when toweling dry.
Shave Smarter: When shaving, use a shaving cream or gel and leave it on your skin for several minutes before starting.