Written By Paisley Hansen / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
There is no doubt that winter is beautiful. Between snow, holiday decorations, and a general happy vibe, winter is a gorgeous time of year. However, with that beauty comes dry air and cracked skin. Dry skin can be incredibly uncomfortable and even painful, but thankfully, you don't just have to suffer through it.
One of the most common ways to take care of your skin in the winter is with lotion and other moisturizing creams. Depending on what kind you get, these can soothe the dry skin or prevent it. Many lotions have shea butter or other plant oils that help to soften the skin and add a layer of moisture on top.
While they help to protect your skin from the dry air outside, typical lotions often evaporate quickly. These often come in many different scents, so whether your taste is sandalwood or peach lotion, there is sure to be something you like.
Deep moisturizing creams can give that instant moisture while also soaking into your skin to protect it from the inside. These tend to be a little more expensive, but when used regularly they help to prevent your skin from drying out in the first place.
Many of these moisturizers are designed to be used daily after cleansing your skin. Getting into the habit of using a moisturizing cream can be easy! After you shower, just use some wherever you feel you need the most protection.
Another way to prevent dry skin, especially in the winter, is by keeping your skin covered. This may sound like a no-brainer, since you probably don't want to go out in the cold without being bundled up, but it can also greatly help your skin's health too.
By keeping your skin physically protected from harsh winds and dry air, you can avoid it getting too dehydrated. As much as you can, try to keep your skin covered when you go outside.
Staying bundled up outside might be a given, but even inside it can be important. Unfortunately, the heating in many homes tends to be incredibly dry, so staying covered doesn't just apply to being outside.
Of course, it can be annoying to think about wearing protective clothing in your home, so it might be worth it to look into purchasing a humidifier. Humidifiers can be small and discreet, making them easy to keep in the main rooms of your home.
By reducing how dry the air is in your home, you won't have to worry about keeping your skin covered anytime you're inside.
Of course, dry skin can be unavoidable during the winter. Even though you might moisturize, keep your house humid, and keep your skin protected, you might still end up with some dry, scaly skin. What do you do then?
A great way to get rid of that leathery skin is through exfoliation. Exfoliants can come in both physical and chemical, each with its own benefits.
Physical exfoliants are things like sugar scrubs, pumice stones, and even the loofa you use in the shower. These all work by physically scraping the dead skin cells away from the healthy ones, leaving your skin soft and smooth again.
Chemical exfoliants have the same purpose but work by loosening the bonds between the dead and healthy skin. They will usually contain either a skin-safe acid solution or some type of enzyme to help separate the good skin from the bad.
No matter which type of exfoliant you choose, you should only use it about once a week. As great as they feel afterward, using scrubs or acids too often can damage the healthy skin cells.
Taking care of your skin in the cold winter months doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, one of the best things you can do to keep it soft is to care for it regularly. The more time you spend on your skin normally, the healthier it'll be when the air gets crisp and dry.
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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, fitness, and growing young. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym. She loves hearing from readers so feel free to contact her through Facebook.
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