Winter can mean different things to different people. For some people, it can mean winter sports, snow, colder weather, or shorter days. For me though, winter means severe dryness. Dry air, dry hair, and dry skin. The dry air outside, coupled with the dry air inside from the heater running, makes my skin ashy, cracked and irritated. Dry legs result in ingrown hairs and the need to constantly itch these irritated places. Most years in Austin we don't get a true winter and it's usually pretty mild, but even on the days that it does warm up or there's more humidity in the air, I'm too embarrassed to show my legs. But I have learned some tricks over the years that have helped ease my discomfort and help restore moisture to my dry skin. If you're struggling with this too, here are 5 Tips to Heal Dry Skin.
5 Tips to Heal Dry Skin
- Drink lots of water. I don't know about you but when the weather is cooler, I'm more prone to grab an extra cup of coffee to warm up (and also dehydrate myself just a little bit more) than reaching for a bottle of water. Drinking (8) 8-ounce glasses of water a day or more will help your skin stay moisturized. Sometimes it's hard to drink plain so I like to infuse it with fresh fruit.
- Avoid hot baths, showers, and hot tubs. There's nothing I like more after a long day than soaking in a steaming hot bath but this zaps even more moisture out of your already dry skin.
- Look for unscented body products or those with a limited alcohol content that will only dry your skin out more.
- Use thicker cream instead of lotions. Immediately after the shower, apply a thick cream. It should glide on smooth and absorb more quickly to penetrate your skin's surface helping to heal the moisture barrier.
- Change how you dry your body after bathing. Instead of using an aggressive rubbing motion, lightly dab at your skin, or allow your body to air dry.