Keep Your Skin Looking Its Best During The Harsh Winter Weather

The cold, harsh winter can take a toll on even the healthiest of skin. During the colder months, we experience dryness, cracking, and irritation that can eliminate our natural glow. The good news is that we have the technology, specialists, and natural remedies that help us in our time of need. Follow this guide to winter skin care and you’ll glow like its summer!

Find A Specialist You Trust


If you invest in a good dermatologist, you’ll find their advice to be extremely helpful. Find a knowledgeable skincare professional that you feel comfortable with. They can help analyze and assess not just your skin type but what the best skin-care regimen is for you. It pays off to get accurate insight when it comes to your makeup products and skin care routine, aside from the treatments the doctor can perform themselves.

Moisturize Daily

Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

This is an easy one – moisturize daily! The winter wind and cold temperature will dry out your pores and make for an uncomfortable season. Depending on your skin type, you’ll want to find a moisturizing product with the appropriate ingredients. Oil-based products are always the best option, one of the most preferred includes almond avocado oil.

Don’t Go Outside Without Gloves

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

During the winter, it’s important to cover up your hands to prevent cracking between the fingers and stiff joints. The oil glands in your hands are limited, so they’re especially susceptible to itchiness and dryness. This is an absolute must for anyone who struggles with psoriasis or eczema.

Yes, You Need Sunscreen In Winter

Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

Sunscreen is an important component when it comes to protecting your skin from developing cancer in the summer, but you’re probably wondering why you should wear it during the winter as well. The winter sun can still damage your skin, even without the warm, summer weather. The dry air combined with sunlight will only increase the dryness of your skin.

Keep Your Clothes Dry And Clean

Eli Meir Kaplan/Getty Images

It’s important to leave the house with dry, clean clothes during the winter time. Your skin is more likely to crack and itch like crazy if you haven’t done your laundry properly and this especially goes for gloves and socks. Keeping your body parts warm will help its oil-glands retain moisture and remain less affected by the weather.

Soak In An Oatmeal Bath

Tim Graham/Getty Images

Oatmeal does wonders for the skin and you should take advantage of its properties during the winter months. Oatmeal has chemical elements that relieve the skin of itchy patches and dry spots, making it the ultimate moisturizer. You’ll notice a difference in the softness of your skin after just one bath.

Use Cleansing Milk

Patrick Riviere/Getty Images

Cleansing milk won’t just rid your skin of excess dirt and makeup, it will also provide a mild, natural lubricant for dry skin that’s sensitive to the winter cold. Cleansing milk products are usually recommended for people with dry skin that is easily irritated and shouldn’t necessarily be the go-to cleaner for anyone with oily skin.

Moisturize Your Feet

Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images

Like your hands, the oil glands in your feet are limited. Dry, clean socks aren’t enough to stop the moisture from escaping your toes, leading to itchy heels and dry cuticles. Rub a generous amount of lotion on your feet after each shower during the winter time and keep those piggies warm when the moisturizer sets!

Exfoliate Your Skin Weekly

Leisa Tyler/LightRocket via Getty Images

If you forget to exfoliate your skin, you’ll never get rid of the dead cells blocking your pores from soaking up much-needed moisture. Exfoliate once or twice a week to see cleaner, brighter skin and then moisturize to avoid irritation (if your skin is sensitive). Exfoliating body washes are also essential for the winter months.

Avoid Skin Irritants

Mario Tama/Getty Images

Sensitive skin can be easily affected by certain clothing materials and ingredients in cleansing products. It’s best to use products with natural ingredients that are oil-based. Water-based products will only contribute to dryness and don’t protect your skin from outside irritation. If you’re having trouble keeping your gloves and socks on during the winter because they irritate you, switch to products made with cotton.

Avoid Allergens

VCG via Getty Images

This one may be a bit obvious, but we can’t stress enough how it important it is to stay away from allergens that cause your body harm. Skin that reacts to an allergen will develop hives, redness, and patchy areas that create scarring from itchiness. During the winter your skin is more likely to react to any allergens that you come across.

Try Some DIY Masks

John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

Who doesn’t love a good DIY mask? Shopping for natural remedies beats spending money on expensive products at the store and you can mix and match ingredients until you find what’s best for your skin type. For dry skin during the winter, we suggest an avocado-honey mask that will moisturize your face to a high degree in a short time span.

Use Vegan Toner

Just The Goods

Toner is an important part of any skin-care routine but it can become a real pain in the butt when its cold and dry outside. To continue using toner in the winter, we recommend substituting your Clean & Clear for a vegan-made product. Vegan toners are less abrasive to the skin and still manage to balance your Ph levels after you’ve washed your face.

Buy Natural Aloe Vera

Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

Aloe vera is the ultimate plant for skin care. The magical gel in its leaves has healing properties that can relieve almost any area of the skin, from irritation to a cut, and enhances the body’s texture with natural ingredients. Store-bought aloe sometimes contains additives that irritate the skin, so opting to go straight to the source is an excellent way to go!

Pat Down Your Face After Washing

It’s only natural to wipe down your body and face after you’ve taken a shower but that doesn’t make it the right thing to do. After you’ve cleansed, it’s important to make the effort and pat down your face and body to get dry. Wiping eliminates water that your body is still trying to absorb, so gently pat yourself down and only take away the excess droplets left on the skin’s surface.

Layer It Up

For anyone who struggles with acne or a similar skin problem, putting heavy weight creams and moisturizers on your face can be uncomfortable. To avoid the discomfort but still treat your skin during the winter, grab a liquid serum and a light-weight cream. Put the serum on first and let your skin absorb its molecules, following with the cream to trap the hydration into your pores.

Use Fragrance-Free Products

 Mike Reinhardt/Condé Nast via Getty Images

Skin products that are laced with fragrances often come with toxins and unnecessary irritants. Sensitive skin reacts quite negatively to any unnatural scents and can lead to breakouts, dryness or rashes. Stick with fragrance-free products and you’ll notice a difference in the texture of your skin during the winter.

Try A Thermal Mist

Thermal mists provide you with the opportunity to moisturize yourself without jumping in the shower. To achieve the best results when applying lotion you should start off with a damp base by lightly misting yourself. This way, you don’t have to wait to apply body or face lotion until after you’ve showered. You can do it at any point in the day.

Know Your Skin Type

Rosdiana Ciaravolo/Getty Images

If you take our advice and go to see a skin specialist, then he or she will be able to confirm the skin type you should be working with. Choosing your cleansing products and building your skin-care regimen should be based solely on this piece of information. Many women don’t understand the exact skin type they have, but once they do, it’s smooth sailing from there.

Purchase A Moisture Tool

Don’t you just love technology when it makes your beauty routine that much easier? Moisture Checker Tools, or Skin Analyzers, measure your skin’s dehydration level and lets you know just how dried out you really are. The tool will also measure just how effective your current moisturizing routine is.

Change Up Your Cleanser

BSIP/UIG via Getty Images

Your body develops an immunity to anything you use to treat it on a regular basis over time, and your skin is no different. If you change up your products consistently, make sure the new brand you’re using has the same basic ingredients that works best for your skin type. Otherwise, it doesn’t hurt to switch things up and try the latest moisturizer that’s new and improved.

Hydrate Your Insides

Robert Alexander/Getty Images

A healthy body will lead to healthy, strong skin. Staying hydrated will moisturize skin naturally, from the inside, outside. This doesn’t just apply to drinking water. Eating water-based fruit and vegetables will also hydrate your skin effectively.

Pick Up A Humidifier


Humidifiers work wonders during the winter time. To prevent your skin from drying out, set up a humidifier in your bedroom. By doing this, you’ll release moisture in the air around you and you won’t be so emersed in the cold temperature winter plagues us with.

Shower With Warm Water

SSPL/Getty Images

We know it’s difficult to avoid a seething hot shower in the dead of winter but it’s completely necessary if you don’t want your body to lose all of its moisture. Hot water strips away the skin’s natural oils and leaves you feeling dry. Shower with lukewarm water instead, then soak up the warm air in your bedroom courtesy of your new humidifier.

Moisturize Overnight

Horst P. Horst/Condé Nast via Getty Images

A long night’s sleep is the perfect opportunity to give extra care to the dry areas of your body. Your feet and hands deserve some attention during the cold, winter nights, so wrap them up in cotton gloves and socks to lock in the moisture. Slather them in lotion before putting on clothing that’s cotton-based.

Switch To Alcohol-Free Soaps


Eliminating any alcohol-based cleansing products in your bathroom will make a world of difference. Face washes, hand sanitizers, and shampoos that contain alcohol will only further increase dryness of your skin, so switching them out for sulfate-free options is the best game plan.

Rub Honey On Your Rough Edges

Instagram: az.inchisciano_nicola

Honey may be the stickiest option we’ve presented to you but it’ll take care of the elephant skin on your knees and elbows. These are the two places on the human body that lose moisture the quickest and honey will fix that in an instant. We recommend showering afterward, though.

Soak in A Milk Bath


Cleopatra was infamous for her milk baths. The lactic acid in milk gave the Egyptian Queen silky smooth skin and an everlasting glow. In the winter, bathing in milk will keep your skin hydrated and looking firm.

Buy Softer Sheets And Sleepwear

Instagram: thehousethatjessbuilt

This tip may not be the most cost-effective but it’s a reason to treat yourself this holiday season. Investing in cotton sheets and new pajamas prevent skin irritation and are just more comfortable in general. Fabrics that are tightly woven are more suited for people with sensitive skin.

Use Coconut Extract


Coconut extract contains chemical properties that are almost identical to the skin’s natural fats. Gently swabbing coconut extract (or oil) across your dry, problem areas will repair your skin to its natural state. Coconut oil is good for everything these days.

Use Aquaphor Lip Ointment


Your lips fall victim to the winter breeze and can often experience cracking on the sides because of the elements. Lip-balm, in general, would rectify this skin problem but Aquaphor is known to patch up dry, cracked lips within a few short days. Your puckers need to stay hydrated just as the rest of your body does.

Avoid Sipping From Bottles


We know this sounds strange and somewhat unavoidable, but avoid sipping from beverage bottles if you can. Digestive enzymes from your saliva became trapped on the surface of bottle tops and they’ll break down the skin on your lips. Drink from a cup or straw if possible.

Make A Secret Office Stash


Keeping your most valuable moisturizers in immediate reach is an excellent method to make sure you actually use them. At the office, keep a small stash of hand cream or alcohol-free sanitizer in your desk for after washing your hands, and keep a stick of lip balm handy. It’s the little things that count.

Learn The Facts


It’s important to remember that not all skin-care products serve the most obvious functions. Moisturizers don’t actually apply moisturizer directly onto the skin. Instead, they provide sealing agents that keep moisture from leaving the body’s surface, therefore it’s even more important to read what you purchase. Sticking to natural remedies is an easier option.

Use Primer Oil


So, if moisturizers don’t apply external hydration, then what do I use on my already dry skin? The answer is simple: grab a great primer oil and apply it before the moisturizer. Moisturizers will trap in the smaller molecules from an oil-based serum and you’ll experience less dryness and cracking.

Avoid Petroleum-Based Products


Most people assume that you should avoid petroleum-based products because they contribute to breakouts. While this isn’t false, it’s important to note that petroleum-based products will also contribute to continued dryness. Don’t go rubbing vaseline on your knees and elbows anymore, it just isn’t working.

Pamper Your Feet At Night


Cracked heels during the winter time is a common problem for many people. To tend to your heels, soak them in lukewarm water at night and then lightly rub them with a pumice stone. Generously apply lotion to them and keep them covered until the morning.

Treat Your Scalp With Herbal Shampoo


Even though it’s covered with hair, your scalp is bound to feel the wrath of the winter cold. When you’re taking your lukewarm shower remember to use a mild herbal shampoo instead of an alcohol-based option. When you’re done showering, keep a towel tied around your head for 15 minutes so the moisture doesn’t escape right away.

Sugar And Lemon Juice Mixture


If hand creams aren’t your thing, a great substitute is a sugar and lemon mixture that will exfoliate between your fingers. After you’ve removed the dead cells from your hands, use a light-weight lotion or coconut oil to pamper your newly refined skin surface. Your fingers will smell great, too!