How to Battle Dry Skin

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Winter can be beautiful with all the holiday decorations and wonderous songs dancing around you. One day, you’re enjoying holiday shopping while sipping coffee, and the next day you look in the morning seeing a white dry skin goatee around you.

That had happened to me.

It really doesn’t feel good, mentally and physically. I’m continually hiding behind my scarf, fearing that people at work will stare at my goatee.

My skin dries out because of the cold air and medication I am taking for my acne. It stinks because I either suffer from acne or dry skin – both extremely painful.

The same skincare routine does not work year-round particularly when the temperature drops, so with a changing season – skincare changes too. If you don’t change or alter your skincare, the dry air may create wrinkles or flakey skin which can sometimes lead to bleeding.

Here are some tips I take to aid my sufferage of dry skin, and I hope it helps you too!

1. Water:

You don’t have to read this page to know that you should be drinking water. I’m not telling you to drink 8 cups of water per day, but just enough to keep you hydrated.

At night, I keep a water bottle near my bed.

2. Showering:

Keep your shower time short and warm. I suggest roughly 5 to 10 minutes. If you shower in intense hot water – like me – the water can break down the lipid barriers in your skin, resulting in dry skin. When you shower, be sure to close the bathroom door – as you already should.

3. Moisturizer:

This should be done when you finish showering, allowing the moisturizer to soak inside your skin. Use ointment or cream rather than a lotion because it is more effective and less irritating.

I often use Aquaphor when my skin gets too dry. I like using it because the results are quick – but I limit it to only two weeks because Aquaphor often clog your pores.

If you often wash your hands like me, due to work then be sure to bring a hand cream with you. It will significantly help relieve dry skin.

Although products with perfume from popular brands feel good, it is best to use only gentle, unscented skin care products. Go for unscented, soap-free, or mild soap cleansers instead of harsh cleansers.

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen even on a cloudy day!

4. Lip Balm:

A good lip balm can go a long way during a dry season.

I use Burt’s Bee because I like the tingly sensation afterward, but any lip balm will work. It varies depending on your comfort level.

5. Staying Warm:

When your outside, wear gloves or a scarf to keep yourself warm. Try to stay away from fire or the heater since it can dry out your skin.

6. Humidifier:

Plug in a humidifier to add moisture to the air. I set the timer for my humidifier for roughly an hour when I go to bed, and it restarts on its own when I wake up. I use a humidifier because of my dry skin, and it helps me breathe at night due to allergies.

7. Dermatologist

I cannot stress this enough – to see a dermatologist if things don’t get better. Changing a few steps should help your skin feel better, and if it doesn’t bring relief then you know where to go. A professional can examine your skin can help you decrease the discomfort.