For all its festive highlights and cozy sweater weather, winter often brings with it an impending dryness that leaves the skin feeling flaky and rough. During this time, temperatures can wreak havoc on the skin’s barrier, making it necessary to change your body regimen to combat winter dryness.
Let’s examine five things that help the body stay hydrated this winter.
Opt For Gentle Cleansers
Avoid cleansers with harsh ingredients. A harsh surfactant, like sodium lauryl sulfate, is common in most body washes. Repeated use can strip the skin of its natural oils, making the skin dry, itchy, and flaky.
Instead, opt for cleansers with gentle, non-stripping ingredients that will cleanse without leaving it completely stripped. Our Lavender Body Wash, with its soothing blend of plant-based ingredients, can provide your skin with gentle cleansing, leaving it silky and clean, and without any unwanted dryness.
Take Fewer Hot Showers
During the winter, it is tempting to take as many hot showers as you can, for as long as possible, to stay warm. However, the longer your body is exposed to hot water, the more moisture and oils are drawn out of your skin, leaving it dry and rough. So, keep the hot showers to a minimum to avoid drying out your skin.
Stick With Thick Creamy Moisturizers
Instead of lightweight lotions, choose rich body creams. These tend to have a thick occlusive consistency; the creams prevent water loss by creating a barrier that seals in hydration. Since body creams contain a higher percentage of oils, they also leave the skin with a glow. Our Daily Moisturizing Body Cream, with all its rich creamy goodness, is an ideal choice for moisturizing your skin and leaving it radiant.
Try Body Slugging
Slugging is a popular Korean beauty trend. It is commonly used for the face, but if your skin seems to be consistently dry and flaky, then consider body slugging. Body slugging is simply an act of layering an occlusive product (like our Daily Moisturizing Body Cream) over another moisturizer to seal in hydration and protect your skin. Doing so prevents your skin’s water loss and ensures it stays soft and moisturized for a longer period.
Drinking water is not an instant fix for dry skin, but when you are not getting enough water, chances are your skin is not getting enough moisture. Did you know that in the wintertime when temperatures are colder, it may be less obvious to you that you’re dehydrated? Here’s a suggestion for you: In between the pumpkin lattes, hot chocolates, and Christmas eggnogs, drink enough water. Your skin will thank you for it!
Pro Tip: Water alone may not be enough to replenish lost fluids. We recommend including electrolytes when necessary.
You’ve got at least 5 options to combating dry skin on the body during the winter months. Don’t delay switching up your skin routine and body products. You will not want to miss this one! These game changing tips in this post will be key to keeping your skin supple this winter.