Dry, chapped skin during the colder months is something that all skin types deal with from time to time because harsh weather conditions really don’t do us any favors.
And if we’re being totally honest, switching out our go-to summer products for something more fall and winter friendly is also a hassle in itself. However, this doesn’t have to be complicated at all. In fact, there are only three tweaks we truly need to make this season.
Trying to avoid dry, chapped skin? Here are 3 tips that’ll leave you feeling soft, hydrated, and moisturized all season long.
Use an oil cleanser instead of a water-based one.
Telling folks to swap out the water-based cleansers that they know and love for something oil-based is always a touchy suggestions because it sounds counterproductive. However, when you get into the science of it, you begin to understand that oil attracts oil.
So when you rub all of that nourishing, nutrient-dense oil on your face, it’s also dissolving all of the excess grease and sebum that’s causing various skin issues—including dry skin.
The beauty of oil-cleansing is not just in the deep purification of your skin, but in the fact that it gives you such a thorough cleansing without robbing you of any moisture. Thus, being the perfect option for a temporary seasonal switch in your skincare routine.
Try a moisturizer formulated with hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant ingredients in skincare which means it draws moisture to your skin and then subsequently helps it absorb properly. Long story short, hyaluronic acid, or HA is pretty much your dry skin’s very best friend.
HA is relatively flexible and accessible, so you can use it any time and find it any product including cleansers and moisturizers. However, there is one rule of thumb when using HA—you must avoid products with alcohols since they fight the benefits of the acids by drying your skin out.
Invest in a good facial steamer or humidifier for dry air.
No matter how much moisture and hydration we put into our skin via water-based cleansers and moisturizers, sometimes our environment is too dry to maintain it. While we can’t do much to change the natural environment, we can do something to combat it.
This is where facial steamers and humidifiers come in. Facial steamers encourage moisture in your skin, while humidifiers put moisture directly into the air. Sounds pretty convenient, right? That’s because it is!
Now, this isn’t a replacement for your toners and moisturizers. Instead, they’re supplemental tools to help you retain moisture and hydration for longer periods of time in the middle of the cold, windy fall days.