Cold weather -- which brings with it low humidity and central -- can dry out skin, leaving it scratchy and flaky. Here are tips from the website everydayhealth.com to add much-needed moisture, which will make you feel and look better.
1. Cool down your showers. Very hot water will dry your skin out. So when you enjoy a bath or shower or you're washing your face, keep the water lukewarm instead of hot.
2. If you've got dry skin, you need to moisturize. But how and when you apply moisturizer makes a big difference. If you’ve got dry skin, apply a moisturizer to your face and the skin all over your body when you get out of the shower.
3. What moisturizer should you use? According to the Harvard Health Letter, all moisturizers help with dry skin for a pretty simple reason: they supply a little bit of water to the skin and contain a greasy substance that holds it in. Almost all the moisturizers on the market will help, and in most cases, the choice comes down to whether you like the feel and smell.
4. Avoiding exfoliation because you think it's drying your skin? It's not. Regular exfoliation is great for dry skin. Dead skin that's covering healthy skin beneath is soaking up all the moisture. So slough it off with an exfoliant, then moisturize.
5. Skip harsh bar soaps and upgrade to something a little more soothing like body washes that contain a lot of moisturizers — and always look for products specially designed for sensitive skin. If you're using an anti-aging cream to combat wrinkles, you may want to focus more on moisturizing as anti-aging creams can perpetuate the dryness.
6. Sunscreen will not only help protect your skin from drying burns and sun damage but also offer moisturizing qualities. Be sure that the sunscreen is rated SPF 15 or higher.
7. Extreme outdoor weather can suck the moisture right out of your skin. Use physical barriers in the cold like scarves and gloves to protect the skin from wind burn.
8. Use a humidifier in your home to put moisture back into the air.
9. Drinking too much alcohol works from the inside of your body out to dry out your entire system and eventually your skin. If you are having issues with dry skin and are not sure what has been causing it, think about your drinking habits.