4 Skin Care Essentials to Combat Dry Skin in Winter

Jan 11, 2024
4 Skin Care Essentials to Combat Dry Skin in Winter
As the winter chill sets in, your skin might feel the effects – dryness, tightness, and maybe even a hint of flakiness. Read on to learn how you can safely and effectively care for your skin this winter so it looks supple and healthy.

Winter brings challenges for your skin – dryness and irritation that can leave you wishing for the heat and humidity of summer. Research shows that your skin naturally has less moisture in winter than in summer. You also have fewer lipids, or fat cells, in the skin barrier.

Cold winter weather strips the skin of natural, moisturizing oils, leaving it raw and red. When you turn up the indoor heat, you create dry conditions that reduce skin moisture. 

At North Pacific Dermatology & Aesthetics, dermatologist Kelly Kinsley, MD, offers the following four tips to help preserve moisture and an enviable skin glow even during dark winter days.

Choose a hydrating cleanser

The first step in your winter-ready skincare routine is transitioning to a hydrating cleanser. Dr. Kinsley recommends formulations enriched with hyaluronic acid or glycerin. Choosing a gentle cleanser ensures your skin gets clean without harmfully stripping away your essential oils.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize

Moisturizer is a potent way to combat winter dryness. Apply ointments, creams, and lotions liberally. Don’t just stick to your face; you need a moisturizer to keep your hands, body, and feet soft. 

While lotions can be helpful, ointments and creams are superior in supplying moisture and are less irritating. The ingredients to look for in an effective moisturizer include jojoba oil, shea butter, lanolin, and hyaluronic acid. 

Moisturizers provide a protective barrier, sealing in precious moisture and discouraging the harsh effects of winter winds.

Use a humidifier indoors

To counter the drying effects of indoor heating systems, introduce a humidifier to your living spaces. This simple addition replenishes moisture in the air. It safeguards your skin from the dehydrating effects of heat and ensures a radiant complexion even in the middle of winter.

Apply sunscreen, even in cold weather

Don’t let cold weather and clouds fool you; UV rays persist in winter. Keep sunscreen as a non-negotiable part of your winter skincare regimen. Dr. Kingsley recommends a broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30. Always apply it generously to exposed areas. Sunscreen shields your skin from potential sun damage and preserves its glow.

Bonus tip: Exfoliate carefully

Exfoliation effectively brightens dull skin by removing dead skin cells. When you gently exfoliate, your moisturizer can penetrate your skin more effectively. Use caution, though, as over-exfoliation can exacerbate dryness. You must take this step once or twice weekly to create a positive impact.

We’re committed to helping you maintain healthy, nourished skin year-round. Call North Pacific Dermatology & Aesthetics now or use this website to schedule your appointment for additional care for sensitive, dry skin.