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Say Goodbye To Dry Winter Skin!


It’s no secret that trying to maintain soft, moisturized skin is a challenge in the cold winter months. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your skin protected and ready for spring break!

 

1. Exfoliate

Most people think that drowning themselves in lotion will do the trick, but studies show that without exfoliating and removing your dead skin cells, results are much harder to obtain. Make sure not to over exfoliate, though, which will end up making your skin even dryer than before! Try Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Lavender Chamomile Sugar Scrub. 

 

2. Avoid facial products with an alcohol base

Does your daily face wash or moisturizer consist of an alcohol base? Save it for the summer! Alcohol based products strip away the natural oils in your skin, leaving dry flakes in its place. Try Clinique’s Comforting Cream Cleanser. [easyazon-image align="none" asin="B000H73B2K" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21WARbEdPhL._SL160_.jpg" width="160"]

3. Hydrate while you sleep

Who says you can’t do anything while you sleep? Moisturizing overnight is the best way to wake up with the soft skin you’re dreaming of. Use a nighttime recovery moisturizer like Olay Regenerist. [easyazon-image align="none" asin="B0007W1R58" locale="us" height="128" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/413N25ZkIDL._SL160_.jpg" width="160"]

 

4. Use hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic Acid retains moisture in skin and will keep your face hydrated and nourished. Cosmedica Skincare makes a great one. [easyazon-image align="none" asin="B0090UJFYI" locale="us" height="160" src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41RFpWzyUVL._SL160_.jpg" width="104"]

 

5. Avoid hot showers

Who doesn’t love a hot shower in the winter? However, if you love soft and hydrated skin more, it’s time to turn down the heat. Hot showers remove the natural oils from your skin and leave it feeling dry and itchy instead. Try taking warm showers instead, and look at the difference!

 

6. Turn down the thermostat

If you’re anything like me, you turn up the thermostat every five minutes hoping that it’ll soon feel like summer—inside, at least. Turn down the heat to prevent losing moisture in your skin, and grab a sweater and pair of fuzzy socks instead!

 

7. Avoid wool

Avoid wool…in the winter? While it sounds hard to believe, wool can actually be irritating your skin more than you expected. Because wool is an itchy material, it irritates the skin and causes people to scratch. If you insist on wearing your new wool sweater, wear a thin shirt underneath to prevent direct contact!

 

8. Use a humidifier

Most people use humidifiers when they get sick, but they can actually be used to prevent dry skin as well. Because they release moisture into your room, leave it on throughout the night and allow your skin to absorb the moisture in the air.

 

9. Focus on arms and legs

Focusing on your face and neglecting your arms and legs is normal in the winter, since most people think they will be covered up by winter clothes anyway. However, arms and legs tend to become dryer than other parts of the body since they have less oil glands. Focus on these areas of the body first, and then move on to the other troubled areas.

 

10. Choose showers over baths

A warm bath is the ideal end to a stressful day at work, but sitting in a tub of hot water sucks the moisture out of your skin faster than anything else. Try taking warm showers as often as possible, but that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of relaxation. Bring your smartphone into the bathroom and listen to some music during your shower—your troubles will fade away!

 

 

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Joann Chedid

Joann Chedid is a diehard cosmetics junkie, in love with all things makeup and fashion. She is the biggest optimist you’ll ever meet. Always seeing the upside and making the best of every situation, she is a huge believer in the quote “wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” This fashion forward city girl has a great passion for life and adventure. You can follow Joann on Twitter and Pinterest too.

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