Guest post by Ethan William
Whether you suffer from chronic dry skin or not, the start of winter and colder weather can quickly leave your skin dry, cracked and uncomfortable. While there are plenty of products on the market that promise relief, finding the right ones for your skin is rarely easy. And even with the right skincare routine, your daily habits could be reversing any progress made.
If you’re struggling with dry skin, keep reading for three simple tips that can help you lock in moisture for healthy, hydrated skin all winter long.
Hyaluronic Acid is Your New Best Friend
If you’re trusting your moisturizer alone to fix your chronic dried skin, it’s time for a change. While a good moisturizer should be a part of your skincare routine, if you want to give your skin a boost of moisture that lasts all day, you need to add a hyaluronic acid as well.
What is hyaluronic acid? This skincare superstar is a natural substance that our bodies already produce in order to help our skin’s tissues hold onto water. While it exists in your skin already, over time, your body may not produce enough. This can leave your skin prone to drying out and cracking and may cause wrinkles.
Applying hyaluronic acid directly to your skin helps lock in moisture that lasts all day, even after you add a moisturizer and makeup on top. Used regularly, you’ll get plump, hydrated skin and fewer wrinkles.
Skip the Long, Hot Shower
There’s nothing more refreshing at the end of the day than a long hot shower. Unfortunately, that simple act of self-care could be wreaking havoc on your skin.
However, research shows that the hotter the water, the more natural oils that are stripped from your skin. While this can dry out your skin all over your body, the delicate skin on your face and neck are particularly susceptible. Stick to shorter baths and showers, and lukewarm water as much as possible.
Another simple change you can make in the shower is to never wash your face with your regular soap and avoid scrubbing your face with a loofah, sponge, or washcloth.
Nail Your Skincare Routine
Adding hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine is a great way to add some moisture. But if you’re suffering from chronic dry skin, your entire routine may need a change.
Start with a cleanser that’s designed for dry or combination skin, depending on your skin’s unique condition. The wrong cleanser, like one for oily skin, may strip your skin of even more of your natural oils. Make sure that the rest of your routine, like your toner and moisturizer, is designed for your skin type as well.
When you do your skincare routine is also important. For instance, applying your moisturizer right after your shower or after washing your face will make it more effective. This tip doesn’t just go for your face; applying lotion to your hands after washing them or to your body after a shower will help lock in the moisture and make it last all day.
Fixing Your Dry Skin All Year Long
Whether your dry skin is chronic or seasonal, adding hyaluronic acid, skipping long, hot showers, and tweaking your routine can help you reverse the damage and lock in moisture that lasts.