If you struggle with dry skin in the winter, you aren’t alone. It’s actually pretty common.
So why the hell does our skin get so dry in the winter anyways? Because the humidity levels drop in the winter and when the air is cold and dry the water/moisture in your skin evaporates more quickly.
But the good news is, there are some things we can do, and products we can use, to help our skin feel more nourished and moisturized throughout the winter months!
As the seasons change our bodies needs change as well, so it’s common to need to switch up your diet and skincare routines with the changing of the seasons.
Below are some of my top recommendations for the best safer skincare products to help keep your skin moisturized from the outside, and lifestyle recommendations to help moisturize from the inside out.
My top safer skin care recommendations for body:
You can use on or the other, or mix the two together! Sometimes I find mixing a little body oil with my lotion adds a bit of extra moisturizing power and nourishment. If your more into a body lotion, I recommend this one.
If your someone who enjoys taking a bath this flower bath is great to add to help soothe inflamed skin.
Over-exfoliating can definitely make dry skin worse, but using a sugar scrub like this one 1-2 times per week may help. Don’t rub to0 hard, gentle is key here to keep from aggravating things. This sugar scrub is a favorite in our house and it smells wonderful!
We can’t forget our hands, which tend to dry out even faster with all the handwashing. I love this hand creams because it’s moisturizing, soothing, and don’t leave your hands feeling greasy. Plus, the smell is amazing!
A great salve for those spots that need a little something extra.
Top Recommendations for safer skincare for face*:
This is a Beautycounter fan favorite and for good reason! It’s also one of the three products I’ve been using consistently since I first started using BC products over three years ago! It’s BC’s answer to oil cleansing. Simple to use and leaves my skin feeling buttery soft! It’s also works great at just removing eye makeup and makes for an excellent overnight hydrating mask, especially during these cold dry months. Just apply a light layer before bed and sleep with it on. Your face will feel silky soft in the morning! Once you wake up, just stick to your usual morning skincare routine.
These oils can help provide some extra moisture. They can be used alone or you can add 1-2 drops to your day or night cream. Three drops at most is all that’s usually needed, so these last you months as well. I’d recommend the Plumping or Brightening oil for extra moisturizing. For a limited time you can get the mini versions of all three here, a great way to try them all out!
This one is great for gentle exfoliation for your face. It’s another fan favorite and has been since it was released. During the winter months, I recommend using this only 2-3 times per week. Apply after cleansing, let dry for a few minutes, then moisturize. It’s left my skin feeling SO soft and smooth and has helped even my skin tone. Bonus: it’s helped with cystic hormonal acne and the discoloration and scarring that can leave behind.
Consider running a humidifier during the winter, even if just at night in your bedroom. It can really help some moisture to the air. I recommend only using distilled water, as tap water can have bacteria, and we don’t want to be breathing that in. Also be sure to clean regularly.
Help nourish and moisturize the skin from the outside in. Essential fatty acids are essential to skin health. Our skin contains a natural lipid/fat barrier for protection and to keep your skin vibrant and healthy. You can get them from a supplement like this one, but I also recommend getting them through real food (you can’t out supplement a nutrient poor diet) like wild caught salmon, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed meats, raw dairy, dark leafy greens, sardines, etc.
Stay hydrated, yo! Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. Example: if you weigh 120 lbs aim for 60 oz of water per day. Add another 8-12 oz of water for every 8 oz of a diuretic you drink. What counts a diuretic drink? Coffee, some teas, caffeine, kombucha, alcohol, soda, etc.
Lay off the steaming hot showers
I know this can be hard! Well, it is for me at least. I love a scalding hot shower, but hot showers and baths strip our skin of it’s natural oils leading to dry skin, it can also make skin conditions like eczema worse. If you can’t resist, be sure to moisturize real good after every bath and shower.
While many of us can struggle with dry skin in the winter we can use the tips above to help hydrate our skin from the inside out, and without harsh chemicals. I recommend you try what I’ve suggested and if you’re still struggling you can reach out about one-on-one nutritional therapy services with me and we can get to the root cause of what’s going on and/or work with your dermatologist or doctor.
Free One-on-One Skincare Consultation with Aimee
If you’re not sure which skincare items or cosmetics may be right for you or your skin type (and you don’t already have a Beautycounter consultant!), just fill out this free skin consultation with some details about your skin, answer the questions included and share what products you’re interested in and I’ll get back to you within about 72-hours with my best recommendations and we can also discuss product samples, where applicable.
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