Dry and crusty skin is an excess of trouble, along with the number of layers you have to keep wearing and opening every minute in the winter. Although we might not be able to give you a solution to back sweat with freezing hands, we might have something to say about dry skin.
The dryness of the skin can lead to ashy patches, itching & irritation, and even skin flakes. This is why simply letting it stand the test of time for the entirety of the season is not right. In this excerpt below, we will give you some expert-given solutions for treating dry skin this winter season.
Dealing With Dry Skin In Winter
Dry skin can perk up your winter allergies, and sometimes no matter the amount of moisturizer you apply, your skin is again transformed into a cold desert within minutes. So, here is how to avoid this fate and spend less on moisturizer (the wrong moisturizer, rather!).
1. Don’t Miss Washing Your Face
When your skin is excessively dry, it confuses the skin. Not only are the flaky debris causing skin conditions like acne, but the skin producing excess sebum to compensate for the dryness can worsen it.
Plus, only through washing your face can you strip the dead cell and allow your skin to hydrate and rejuvenate. If you have normal skin, switch to a milk or gel-based face wash this season rather than a foam-based one.
2. Avoid Physical Scrubbing
Physical scrubs have tiny scrubbing elements within the solution. These could be walnuts, tiny grounded almonds, tea tree beads, etc. They are known for cleaning the dead skin cells, helping cells rejuvenate.
However, not only these cause micro abrasion(cuts) in your skin. But they are also known for excessively drying your skin. If you want, you can opt for a chemical exfoliation. Rather opt for a chemical peel twice a month. Lather with foundation post-peel and avoid the sun for 24 hours.
3. Try Mild Face Wash
Do not use harsh foaming face wash, which makes your skin squeak when you wipe it with your face towel. Rather opt for a gentle oil-infused face wash that does not strip your skin of the oils during cleansing.
Ingredients that you should be looking for when trying a new facewash for the winter season are:
- Aloe vera.
- Glycolic acid.
- Lactic acid.
- Hyaluronic acid.
In dermatological terms, they are known as natural humectants (moisturizers), which also prevent skin inflammation and nourishment.
4. Apply Carbamid Cream Products
Urea, or carbamid cream products, is known for its superpower to retain moisture on the skin even in the driest of environments. Again one of the best chemically occurring humectants (if you want something stronger than the natural one).
This ingredient is also used by dermatologists all around the world to treat serious skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. The best part about this ingredient is definitely the lack of side effects in adults.
However, do consult a doctor if you find yourself ending up with skin irritation upon application.
5. Try Out Hyaluronic Serum
Hyaluronic acid is again a chemical humectant known for keeping your skin moisturized. You can get a moisturizer infused with the chemical or get a serum. Preferably apply it before going to bed, as advised by the dermatologist.
This is because your skin dries the most during cold winter nights. The hyaluronic acid will ensure moisture retention for longer hours.
6. Seal It With Oil
Get face oil for your winter skin care. This will ensure a tight moisture lock overnight. Do not apply this oil in the morning before leaving your house, as it can attract dirt. It is mostly an addition to your nighttime routine.
Talk to your dermatologist about the ingredient well suited for your skin before buying the oil.
Say Goodbye To Crusty Skin!
Good riddance to crusty skin!
If you maintain this skincare routine every winter, your issues with dry skin will be gone. However, if they still persist, it could be an underlying issue of heredity or diet. This is when you should stop scrolling through the internet and go for professional treatment.