4 Tips For Dealing With Winter Dry Skin
As a way to commemorate the first official day of winter, we wanted to give you guys a few tips for fighting off the dry skin that often comes with it. It’s probably safe to say that no one wants to walk around looking like Jack Nicholson from at the end of The Shining (if you know, you know), so here are 4 things you can do to help keep yourself from looking like a dry, chapped mess this season:
- Use petroleum jelly as a moisturizer, aka "slugging."
Yes, you read that right. Petroleum jelly, as in Vaseline. Now I know a lot of you guys are probably saying to yourselves “If you think I’m rubbing Vaseline or anything of the sort on my face, you’re insane.” But hear me out. Petrolatum’s been recognized by dermatologists for decades as one of the most effective moisturizers for dry skin due to what are called occlusive agents. Occlusive agents are characterized by their ability to create a waterproof barrier between our skin and its external environment that prevents our skin’s moisture from escaping into the air, so you can see why they’re great during the winter time. Petrolatum is the most heavy-duty occlusive that there is, and contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t cause you to break out either; petrolatum’s molecule size is too big to actually clog your pores, so it’s noncomedogenic and safe for all skin types (though if you have acne-prone skin you may want to conduct a patch test first just to be sure). Give your face a nice even coat of a petrolatum-based product as the last step in your routine (definitely AFTER your Holly Hall Supply Co. Daily Repair Moisturizer
) and watch the magic. While the $5 tub with a blue lid isn’t made for Instagram, after regular use, you’ll start to notice that your skin is plumper and feels significantly more hydrated despite this unforgiving winter weather.
Pro tip: Due to its undeniable greasiness, it’s probably best to apply only a small amount in the mornings (if at all) and to save the heavy dosage for right before bed.
- Exfoliate regularly, but don’t overdo it.
Exfoliation helps break down the dead cells that can accumulate on the surface of your skin and cause visible peeling and flaking. So while the consistent use of exfoliants can definitely help in alleviating many side effects of dry skin, too much or too intense exfoliation can actually make these problems worse. If you find that you’re using your usual physical and/or chemical exfoliant and are experiencing more irritation and dryness than usual, try using them less often or at a lower intensity. Our new Exfoliating D.I.Y. Face Scrub is perfect for the winter time because it’s completely customizable. You can mix it in with our Revitalizing Daily Face Wash
to create your own physical and chemical exfoliation duo, and you can even adjust the intensity of the scrub by adding more or less product. Although exfoliating at least once a week is generally the baseline, everyone’s skin is different, so experiment to find a schedule that your skin likes; the cold weather is beating up your skin enough as it is, there’s no need to add to it.
- Sleep with a humidifier in your room at night.
Who knew that fighting off winter dry skin could be so easy, you could do it in your sleep? As the temperatures drop, the amount of moisture in the air decreases too. Our skin’s own moisture levels tend to be a reflection of its environment, so the change in weather often causes our skin to become perpetually dry throughout the winter months. Although there isn’t anything we can do to change the weather outside, we do have the ability to somewhat manipulate the moisture levels of the air in our homes with the use of humidifiers.
Humidifiers emit water vapor and increase the humidity level of the surrounding area. This ultimately creates an environment where it’s easier for your skin to hold on to its water and moisture content throughout the night. So if you haven’t yet, try keeping a humidifier running in your room while you sleep. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference those few hours can make.
- Save your Revitalizing Daily Face Wash for the PM.
If you feel like you’re doing everything right but are still experiencing dryness as you go through your day, it might help if you ditch your morning cleanse and just rinse your face with a little water instead. Although your cleanser may not necessarily be stripping, it’s still a cleansing agent, so it’s inevitably going to remove some of the natural oils that accumulated on your skin over the course of the night. By only rinsing your skin with lukewarm – emphasis on lukewarm!—water, you’re preserving the natural oils your skin made while you slept (oil repels water), and this can end up being the head start your skin needed to keep its moisture levels at an adequate level throughout the day.
DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NEITHER MEDICAL ADVICE NOR SHOULD IT BE CONSIDERED A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE. ALL SKIN IS DIFFERENT AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT A MEDICAL PHYSICIAN OR PRACTITIONER FOR QUESTIONS THAT PERTAIN DIRECTLY TO YOU.