Our pros/cons list when it comes to winter looks something like this: For pros, there’s nothing like a cozy night in, that first snowfall and an herb-spiked hot drink. The cons? It’s dark before dinner, that snowfall has to get shoveled, and probably the most uncomfortable of all, dealing with chronically dry, unhappy winter skin.
It’s no secret harsh, cold weather outside and hot dry air inside can dehydrate skin to the point it becomes cracked and chapped, but with a few key changes to your skincare routine and environment, you can keep your skin soft, healthy, and wildly beautiful.
1. Layer on Skincare Products
For extra dry, parched skin, maximize hydration by layering products. A good rule of thumb is to start with the thinnest consistencies first, and layer on from there. Try multitasking a few drops of our Face Oil on rough areas like elbows and knees first, then applying our Body Butter last to supercharge and seal in hydration.
2. Drink (Lots!) of Water
The condition of your skin isn’t just affected by external factors; your internal state makes a difference, too. Not drinking enough water can exacerbate typical winter skin issues like chapped lips and dry, dull skin. Aim to drink as many ounces of water as your body weight divided in half.
3. Get Thee a Humidifier
Not only does it help to add water to your body, but to add it to the air you live in, too. Indoor heating sucks moisture from everything in its environment, including your skin. A simple humidifier can make all the difference between scaly or soft skin.
4. Go Easy on Hot Showers
We know – a hot shower feels amazing coming in from the cold. But too much hot water can strip your skin of its natural hydration. Both time and temperature need to be kept in check: Resist the urge to crank up the heat and don’t linger too long under a hot spray, either.
5. Use a Thicker Moisturizer
Swap out your lightweight, summer moisturizer for something richer, like our decadent Body Butter. The thicker texture seals moisture in and enhances your skin’s natural protective barrier, plus ours feeds your skin with healing antioxidants and linoleic and oleic fatty acids.