5 Ways to Deal with Dry Skin

  • Heal dry skin Tight, itchy, flaky skin. Unless you plan on moving, theres no avoiding it. It comes with the cold weather. Every. Single. Year.

    Although nothing beats 72 and sunny, there are a few things you can do to combat your winter skin.

  • Bye-Bye Bubbles Why dont we just take all the luxury out of winter while were at it? Most of the bubbles you put in your bath leave your skin stripped of the oils it needs. Instead of using bubble bath soap, try a soothing oatmeal or milk powderthey leave the oils where they belong. Bath oils are another option. A cap full of oil will leave your skin even more hydrated than before you hopped in. Just dont use your good towel when you get out!
  • Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

    We know youre not so crazy as to skip the lotion stepespecially in the cruel months of winterbut do you do it as soon as youre done bathing? It's important to seal in the water from the shower, and the quicker you do this after your shower, the better your skin will look and feel. And if your weapon of choice is a body oil, it's actually best to apply it to damp skin. Were fans of Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

  • Invest in a Humidifier if you havent already.Part of the problem with dry skin and itching is dry heat in the wintertime. Furnace-heated air can reduce the humidity level inside your house to 10 percent or less, whereas 30 to 40 percent is closer to ideal for keeping moisture in your skin. For that reason, experts across the board agree: use a humidifier.Remember that humidifiers are small, though. You dont just turn one on and thats, that. Place the unit next to your bed and be sure to close the door at night to keep moisture in.Also, leave the door open when showering. It will help get some moisture into the rest of the house.
  • Keep Your Cool Lastly, turn your thermostat down! What are all those blankets for?! Cool air has an anesthetic effectit makes your skin feel good. When you heat your house too much your blood vessels dilate, and when blood vessels dilate, the itch/tingle cycle begins.If you can stand to keep the heat from blasting, your skin will tend to be less itchy and dry.