How to combat the inevitable dry winter skin!

Pretty crazy weather we are having, right? Winter skin has began the battle for me, and it may have for you as well. From years of learning what my skin really needs, I have been able to fight this battle, and I think I am winning so far! This does not require any crazy expensive skincare, and it is something you can actually start doing right now. Just in times for a New Year’s Resolution. Let’s get started!

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Winter skin does not have to be scary

The weather patterns can seriously impact our skin. We go from freezing temperatures outside, to heat as dry as a desert when we get in doors. Combine this with our holiday diets, and you can have a real mess on your hands. When it begins to get really cold, my skin is basically in shock. If you have been around for some time, you know that I really love my skincare. While switching between skincare components too often is not great, it is really the only way to find something that works for you.

My first piece of advice is to find something that works for you. Since heat is drying your skin out every second you are in it, find something that is moisturizing. I highly recommend the Tatcha Water Cream. Not only is it lightweight enough to wear all the time (plus it feels amazing!), it is also incredibly moisturizing. I am talking plump and delicious! You should also think about incorporating oils and serums into your routine. They can really sink into your skin for a deep down nourishment. I have been using rose infused oils to help calm my winter skin, so that is a two-for-one!

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Start on the inside…

Everyone knows that the secret to great skin is not all that you put on it, but what you put inside of your body as well. Foods rich in healthy fats are great places to start. Coconut, Avocado, Olive Oil, and nuts are great places to start, and are really easy to add into your diet. Plus, plain water is always a key to hydration. Not only does it help to flush toxins out of your body, but it provides hydration that your body is craving right now. Think about when you get a terrible sunburn, part of your recovery is drinking tons of water to prevent cracking, flaking, and to speed up recovery. Same principle!

If drinking water is hard for you, then be sure to check out my post about ways that help me drink more water. None of us truly enjoy it, right? I am just kidding. A great thing that I love to use during the is a humidifier. Not only does this keep the horrible colds away, but it provides moisture to the air that my heat is sucking out. These do not have to be high tech, and they can be found for really affordable prices. Add in some essential oils for even more benefits!

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Bathing for good skin!

Bathing in the winter can be harsh on your winter skin too. You come in from the old, and all you want is a hot bath, but wait just a minute. That scolding water that you cannot wait to dive into is going to also cause your skin to dry out. While lukewarm water may not be ideal, it is better for your skin. This allows your skin to keep the natural oils that are protecting it. If you must have a warm bath (I am guilty of it too!), then be sure to use a moisturizing body wash, and follow that up with a great lotion. Your skin will thank you when it comes time for sundresses and sandals!

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Do you have any tricks for dry winter skin? Let me know!

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