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How to avoid dry skin and look polished in winters?

Wed, Feb. 15, 2017 Posted: 04:10 PM

Dry skin leads a squad of skin damages that includes flaky skin, skin that has lost its elasticity, wrinkle prone and at high risk of developing premature signs of skin ageing. Diane Von Furstenberg was being insightful when she said that, “Aging is out of your control. How you handle it, though, is in your hands.”

Controlling dry skin.

Dry skin in winter can be the start of an unhealthy shift in your skin condition, one that can lead to the manifestations of many signs of damaged and aged skin. Listed below are some tips by which you can tame your uncooperative skin during the winter months:

Tip No. 1: Set up your indoor environment.
There’s not much that you can do about the chilly winds blowing away the snow flakes all around you in winter. Yet, there are at least two things that you can do to alter your indoor environment so that it becomes conducive in harboring nothing but pure, unadulterated skin.

First, you need to set the temp at a level that feels comfortable for your skin, that is, not too hot and not too cold. Second, invest on a humidifier. It’s a simple addition you can make to your indoor environment that can have multiple benefits for your overall health, including relieving the dryness and itchiness of your throat but also preventing skin from becoming dry and tight.

Tip No. 2: Exfoliate.
Our skin follows a natural cycle for shedding and turning over skin cells. The dryness of winter, however, creates an imbalance, a gap if you must, between the frequency of and rate at which skin is shed, and the efficiency of a new skin layer to be formed and surfaced. That’s why skipping exfoliation in winter is a terrible mistake. You can keep exfoliating at home for once up to thrice weekly or, get professional exfoliation done on you.

Tip No. 3: Moisturize from within.
Fuel your body with fresh fruits and vegetables which have excellent levels and varieties of antioxidants that support your skin health and protection from the destructive effects of free radicals. These foods have high water content. It can be tough to find more of these during the winter months. Nevertheless, the choices are available. Also, never leave home without your flask of lukewarm water to keep you hydrated on the go.

Tip No. 4: Cleanse.
There is a proper way to cleanse, and the most basic way to do that is to wash your face with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water. Washing with water that is either too hot or too cold dries up your skin. Now, whether you have dry skin or oily skin, a cleanser infused with salicylic acid will help regulate the shedding of your skin while also helping prevent skin infections and blemishes.

Tip No. 5: Tone.
Toners help clear pores of excess oils, dirt and dust. For dry winter skin though, the best benefit that you can derive from a toner is in sealing your pores. When your pores are tight, moisture can be prevented from evaporating on the surface so that your skin can lock it in.

Tip No. 6: Moisturize from the outside.
Follow through exfoliation and cleansing with a moisturizer or a layer of it. The proper way to layer a moisturizer is by working from your most ultra lightweight formula up to the thickest one in the bunch. When your regimen involves special treatment, like retinol or concentrated vitamins such as a Vitamin C serum, you want these products to be as close to your skin as possible.

Tip No.6: Wear protective clothing.
Use clothing as a means to shield you from the cold but also as a way to protect your skin from the dry winter weather that can suck out your skin’s moisture. Wear gloves and socks even when indoors to keep your skin warm and protected from unnecessary surface water loss.

Tip No. 7: Wear light, creamy makeup.
Make your skin appear dewy and glowing with the help of a light makeup. Refrain from applying matte makeup. Matte tends to absorb moisture on your skin, in turn, creating a dry, dull look for your skin.


Skin is an organ that cannot be easily managed. You can start by getting to know your skin better and recognizing that skin can be controlled and tamed, even when the dry, winter cold begins to set in.

Addie Davison