Dear Shopping Savage,
This cold weather is giving me really dry skin. Any advice on a winter moisturizing routine?
All Dried Out
Winter's can be really tough on skin for all the reasons you're already thinking: frigid temperatures + undetectable humidity = dry, sometimes itchy, skin. It should also be pointed out that heating systems and hot showers are also contributing to your dried out epidermis.
So for starters, try showering at night in warm water and lathering yourself in lotion after drying off. Limit your showers to just the one at night and plan it once you know you won't be heading back out into the cold moisture-wicking air. Before or during your shower is also a great time to exfoliate the skin and rid it of damaged, dry skin cells. Look for face washes, shower sponges and/or loofahs and pumice stones that will help scrub the skin but without being so abrasive that it does more harm than good.
Also think of investing in a humidifier to keep the air in your home (and office) moist. The obvious benefit here is this machine will prevent your skin from drying out as quickly and retain what moisture your lipid layer is able to produce.
You also want to think of moisturizing from within. Keep skin looking hydrated by drinking the daily recommended amount of water each day. Exercising in the winter also helps promote healthy looking skin because of the increased blood flow and circulation. And it should almost go without saying, but dress appropriately for cold weather. Protect your hands, head and feet with proper winter accessories. If you wear a skirt, pair it with tights. Wear layers when the temperature calls for it, but be sure that you are kept warm and dry through breathable fabric.
Other recommendations: sunscreen to keep your face protected from harmful UV rays that are present even in cold weather; sleeping in moisturizing gloves and socks at night; keep a travel-sized bottle of lotion with you to be applied after washing your hands in a public restroom; invest in a moisturizing lip balm.
If your skin still appears dry after putting an ample amount of these suggestions into your routine you may want to consult a dermatologist to be sure you don't have eczema. Either way, with proper care and diligence you should be able to get through this winter, and those ahead, with little trouble and even less troubled skin.
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