Tips to Combat Dry Winter Skin

Reveal smooth and healthy-looking skin all year round with these expert tips!

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It’s that time of year when Canadians are feeling the dip in mercury. We’re cold and we’re dry—so very, very dry! Thanks to frequent hand washing and sanitizer gels, you’re probably rubbing in a generous dollop of hand cream every chance you get, but what are you doing to keep the rest of your body moisturized?

Why your skin is so dry in winter

It’s no secret that winter is hard on your skin. In fact, your skin starts to feel the effects of cold weather at just 12 degrees Celsius! Cold weather and wind, combined with low humidity levels caused by indoor heating can lead to skin dryness, rough patches, as well as itchiness and irritation.

What’s worse is that your skin may not bounce back once the weather starts to warm up. Yep, the damage has been done! Using a nourishing moisturizer can help, but there are other ways to keep skin healthy and hydrated that you probably hadn’t considered before. Read on to learn about some different ways to moisturize your skin.

Moisturize in the shower.

Before you reach for the body lotion, consider how you’re caring for your skin in the shower, because healthy, hydrated skin starts there. In order to fend off dry, itchy skin, you’ll want to choose a nourishing body wash like Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash with Vitamin B3 Complex.  Also known as Niacinamide, Vitamin B3 is a powerful skin care ingredient. It’s known to help strengthen skin’s moisture barrier, increase skin cell turnover, among so many other benefits! When coupled with ultra-hydrating shea butter, this is a unique formula that not only repairs dry skin at the source but also locks in hydration to keep skin moisturized and feeling healthy.

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The research backs it up, too. Clinically tested in Winnipeg, experts noticed dry skin improvement in 95% of women. This definitely seems like the right body wash to withstand Canada’s harsh winters and still keep skin moisturized all day!

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Lower the temp in the shower.

Another way to avoid dry skin in winter is by dialing down the temp in the tub, sticking to lukewarm water and keeping baths and showers to no more than 5-10 minutes. A hot, steamy shower may seem like a good way to warm up on particularly frigid winter days, but it can be quite drying for skin.

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Increase humidity in your home.

You may also want to invest in a humidifier for your home office or bedroom—basically wherever you’re spending the most amount of time these days. How’s this for context: thanks to central heating, the relative humidity levels in your home during winter can be as low as the relative humidity in the Sahara Desert. Low humidity environments pull the moisture out of your skin, leaving it with that dry, itchy feeling. A humidifier can help increase air hydration levels and counteract the effects of your heating, by forcing moisture into the environment around you and back into your skin.

Treat your dry winter skin with Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash with Vitamin B3 Complex; available now at Amazon.

Best Health Canada
Originally Published in Best Health Canada