Five Steps to Prevent Dry Skin in Winter

March 22, 2013By

Dry skin in winterPreventing dry skin in winter is something nearly everyone has to deal with because during the colder seasons of the year, humidity levels are significantly lower. Since low humidity is one of the main reasons dry skin occurs, adding a few additional steps to your skincare routine can make a big difference in order to help prevent dry skin. Let´s look at a few simple ideas you can start implementing today.

1. Use a humidifier

The best way to combat the low humidity in winter is by introducing more humidity into your environment. A simple way to do that is by using a humidifier. You can pick up a small humidifier for an affordable price at most department stores. Placing the humidifier in rooms (or offices) where you spend time most often is your best bet. Generally the bedroom and living room are the busiest rooms of any home. In case you can’t afford a humidifier, place a pot or pan fill with water on a stove top and boil water for several minutes in order to create a similar effect.

2. Use moisturizer

Skin moisturizer is an easy one. Moisturizers are specially designed for preventing dry skin. You won’t need to apply moisturizer to your whole body; generally just areas of your skin that are prone to dryness such as your face and hands. A good time to apply moisturizer is after showering, as your showering can get rid of the natural oils your skin creates to keep itself from drying out. Moisturizing in the morning and when you go to sleep are also good times. Using natural moisturizers such as cocoa butter or shea butter are generally better for your skin than products often filled with chemicals.

3. Limit showering

You’d think immersing your skin in water would cause it to become better moisturized. But showering and washing your skin too often can actually cause the opposite effect. Washing your skin too much can damage it and get rid of the natural oils it produces to stay moisturized, thus drying it out unintentionally. Limiting showering to once a day is usually a safe way to go. Additionally, try not to wash your face and hands more than once or twice a day.

4. Protect yourself from the wind and cold

As humidity levels are much lower during winter than other seasons, protecting yourself from the cold air and harsh winds is key whenever you’re outside. Make sure to wear appropriate clothing for the season, such as a heavy hooded jacket. Wearing extra clothing such as scarves and winter hats that cover your entire head and ears is also a great idea.

5. Stay hydrated

Keeping your whole body hydrated is not only very healthy, but also helps keep your skin naturally moisturized as well. This means drinking plenty of water every day, generally upwards of at least two quarts. Keeping a water bottle filled with filtered water with you throughout the day will help make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated. Also try to limit drinking too much alcoholic and drinks that are high in sugar or caffeine, as all of these can cause your body and skin cells to become dehydrated.


Dry skin can be a serious issue for a lot of people during the winter months. Preventing dry skin is relatively easy if you know how to go about it. Following healthy patterns, keeping yourself protected when outside, and staying hydrated will make a big difference. Do you have any skin care tips of your own for any additional questions about the topic?  Let us know in the comments section below this article.

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