As someone who sometimes suffers from dry skin, winter can really wreak some havoc. Can anyone relate? My skin gets large patchy dry spots, and the redness in my cheeks increases. I swear my pores even appear larger when my skin is dry, and makeup just doesn’t apply as evenly. It’s just an all-around frustrating experience! But luckily I’ve discovered these five tips to fight winter skin problems!
1. Avoid using super-hot water
I know no one wants to hear this but taking super-hot showers or washing your face with really warm water is not doing you any favors! Hot water strips your skin of natural oils and can cause dry skin and even rashes. Ugh. So, although it might feel relaxing to stand under the hot water for 15 minutes in the morning, be sure to ease up on those temps and shorten your exposure to hot water! I even wash my face with cold water in the mornings. It’s not for the faint of heart during winter 😉, but it really helps wake me up!
2. Exfoliate regularly
Exfoliating dry skin can seem so counterintuitive. I mean, my first instinct is just to layer on the moisture! But it’s necessary! Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, which will instantly improve how your skin looks. And it also increases circulation, giving you a more glow-y appearance. Skincare products absorb better when the dead cells have been removed, and your pores can even appear smaller! It’s an all-around win.
3. Use Olay Whip!
I’ve been singing the praises of Olay for years now. It’s truly my go-to when it comes to moisturizer. But I just recently started using Olay Whip, and y’all, I am LOVING it. It’s like nothing I’ve ever used before. It is so light, and when it applies to your skin, it feels like it instantly turns into a liquid, meaning it applies and absorbs into your skin fast. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, but it’s still moisturizing with the famed Olay anti-aging formula. You can pick some up at your local Walgreens or online!
4. Try a moisturizing mask
When I need an additional boost, I love using a moisturizing mask. Look for ones with hyaluronic acid or glycerin for the most skin-quenching masks, and try to incorporate them into your routine about once a week!
5. Stay hydrated!
Drink up– water, that is! Dehydration can cause tight, dry skin. You’ll want to make sure you’re getting a minimum of eight glasses a day to help rid your body of toxins and keep your skin plump and hydrated!
Thanks to Olay for sponsoring this post.