Does Your Skin Feel Rough and Dry in Winter? Here’s How to Get Glowing Skin
Winter can be a magical season – especially if you love Christmas, drinking hot chocolate by the fire, winter fashion, and skiing.
Unfortunately, this time of year is disastrous for skin health. Frosty air and cold winds chap your skin, which can make you dread winter!
In this article, we'll give you tips for radiant skin this winter.
Why does winter cause dry skin?
Winter air tends to be dry as cold air can't hold onto moisture easily. This can lead to flaky, rough, red, and itchy skin during winter. Unfortunately, turning up the indoor heating and sitting by the fire contribute to the problem by reducing the humidity in the air.
The dry air grabs onto any moisture it can find, stripping your skin barrier.
So, what can you do about it?
Winter dry skin solutions
You can't escape winter air, but you can take precautions to protect your skin.
Here are our top tips for radiant skin this winter.
1. Keep showers short and cool
It's tempting to languish in a steaming hot shower and bath in winter. But hot water damages and dehydrates your skin barrier.
Our advice is to keep showers and baths short, and only use lukewarm water. The same rules apply when you wash your hands throughout the day!
2. Avoid harsh soaps
Your skin is your body's largest organ – and it's a sensitive one.
The products you use can either strip it of natural oils or protect it from drying out. Gentle, natural soaps and cleansers should be your priority year-round.
Read the labels on body care products and avoid these harsh ingredients:
● Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
● Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
● Ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS)
Our body wash products are ideal for dry skin. They're free from toxins and made using essential oils and botanical ingredients that protect your skin from the elements.
3. Use a hyaluronic acid serum
Hyaluronic acid – found in the skin – is a humectant, which attracts and clings to moisture. It plumps up and hydrates your skin cells. Unfortunately, hyaluronic acid levels decline with age.
Using a topical hyaluronic acid serum can help to replenish your levels and encourage healthy skin.
Our Woolzies Rose Hyaluronic Serum makes a fine addition to your winter skincare routine. Apply a small amount to your face after you wash and exfoliate, and follow with a moisturizer.
4. Hydrate with natural oils
Applying plant oils or natural, oil-based moisturizers to your skin can prevent the winter air from stripping your skin. The oil forms a protective layer, sealing in moisture.
Our Ultra-Nourishing Lavender Body Oil is ideal for winter skin. Your skin will lap it up! You can apply a small amount to damp skin in place of your regular body lotion.
5. Use rose essential oil
Rose essential oil is a soothing oil ideal for replenishing dry skin.
Try adding 2 drops of this delicate floral oil to your regular moisturizer before applying it to your face and body. Or make a hydrating body oil by combining 5 drops of rose essential oil and 2 tablespoons of carrier oil of your choice. Massage a small amount into slightly damp skin each morning and evening.
6. Use lip balm
The skin on your lips is thin and easily chapped by the cold winter air. Lip balm is a must-have to protect your lips from the elements.
We've formulated a range of moisturizing lip balms to give your lips the attention they deserve. Made with beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and grapeseed oil, you can apply it to your lips as often as needed.
7. Humidify the air
Putting moisture back into the air is crucial for healthy skin. It's probably one of the most important ways to avoid dry skin in winter. Keeping your home at around 40-60% humidity may also help you sleep better and avoid a dry nose and throat.
At Woolzies, we love essential oil diffusers, which double as humidifiers. Ultrasonic diffusers release a continuous, fine mist of water and essential oils into the air. You can place a diffuser in each room of your house – or just the rooms you use the most. We recommend diffusing the Christmas Cookie Blend for a festive scent!
Is dry winter skin something you experience? Let us know your thoughts on this topic and share your must-have winter skincare items.
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