7 Dry Skin Hacks To Try This Winter
Don’t let dry, winter skin leave you feeling defeated. Below we share how to boost your hydration efforts to help improve the look and feel of dry (and oh-so-uncomfortable) skin with seven must-try dry skin hacks!
We’re going to go out on a whim and say that seasonal dry skin is the worst—because it really is. Between the discomfort, the dullness, and the feeling like you are constantly applying and reapplying lotions, creams, and anything else that can lock in what little moisture you have left, it can start to feel like you’re spending more time worrying about your dry skin and less time enjoying the cozy, snowy season. Good news is, there are hacks we swear by for soft, smooth, and—most importantly—comfortable skin all winter long.
DRY SKIN HACK #1: EXFOLIATE YOUR HANDS BEFORE APPLYING HAND CREAM
We exfoliate our complexions, we exfoliate our bodies, but how often do we really exfoliate our hands? One trick we learned to help hydrate seasonal dry skin during the winter is to exfoliate our hands with an invigorating body scrub before going to town with the hand lotion. This step helps to slough away any buildup of dry, dead skill cells that are on the skin’s surface. To exfoliate your mitts, simply apply your favorite body scrub to dry hands and gently massage onto your hands—almost like you would while washing them. After massaging, rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Follow up with a hydrating hand cream—we love this one from Kiehl's—and you’re good to go!
DRY SKIN HACK #2: DEEP CONDITION YOUR SOLES WITH COCONUT OIL
It’s no secret that beauty editors have a thing—read: unwavering love affair—for coconut oil. With so many uses for coconut oil, who wouldn’t? One way we like to help dry skin on our heels is by deep conditioning our soles with the good stuff. To do so, simply massage a small amount of coconut oil onto the soles of your feet, wrap your feet in plastic wrap, and throw on your favorite pair of fuzzy socks. Allow the coconut oil to work its hydrating magic overnight before removing the socks and plastic wrap in the morning and following up with a nourishing foot lotion.
Editor’s Tip: Take things one step further and exfoliate your heels with an invigorating body or foot scrub before applying the coconut oil. This can help slough off dead skin cells and leave your feet and heels feeling silky soft and smooth.
DRY SKIN HACK #3: STEAM YOUR FACE PRIOR TO APPLYING A HYDRATING FACE MASK
Applying a hydrating face mask to your complexion can be another excellent way to amp up your skin’s moisture. However, in order to get the most out of our favorite face masks, we like to prep our skin with a quick at-home facial steam. Curious to know more? See our step-by-step guide to facial steaming here.
DRY SKIN HACK #4: DRY BRUSH YOUR BODY 1-2 TIMES A WEEK
With all that bundling up, it can be hard to remember to exfoliate your body during the winter season. Once or twice a week—before getting into the shower or bath—make it a point to slough off dry, dead skin cell buildup on the surface of your body skin with a dry brush. For more on dry brushing, read this!
DRY SKIN HACK #5: CREATE A FAUX GLOW WITH A UNIVERSAL SKIN SALVE
Looking to give your complexion a little faux glow? Reach for a universal skin salve—like this one from NYX Professional Makeup—and give your cheekbones a dewy appearance. To do so, simply dab a small amount of the nourishing formula onto the tops of your cheekbones. And while you’re at it, give your pout some extra shine, too.
DRY SKIN HACK #6: INVEST IN A HUMIDIFIER
Between cold temperatures outside and dry, artificial heat inside, low moisture environments can come at your skin from every angle. To counter the lack of humidity in the air, invest in a humidifier. According to board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com expert, Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali, humidifiers help to add moisture back into the environment. Do as beauty editors do and get a portable humidifier for your desk at work and one for your night stand at home.
DRY SKIN HACK #7: APPLY BODY LOTION TO DAMP SKIN
Last, but certainly not least. One of our favorite ways to soak up hydration in winter is by applying our body moisturizers to damp skin. Board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant Dr. Michael Kaminer tells us that the best time to apply moisturizer—be it for your face or your body—is immediately after washing up when your skin is still slightly wet. Applying lotion to damp skin can help lock in some of that excess moisture and leave the skin looking—and feeling—ultra soft, smooth, and comfortable all season long.