The best way to fight dry skin in the winter
Lastly, you need to update your skincare regime according to the season. In winter, “A really gentle cleanser, like Cetaphil, is a great option that won’t strip skin of its natural oils,” says Marchbein. She also recommends daily use of an antioxidant serum, sunscreen, and a thick facial moisturizer. For best results, she says, “Look for creams, rather than lotions, that are made with ceramides and hyaluronic acid.”
Though many believe exfoliation dries out the skin, Marchbein suggests exfoliating twice a week in the colder months, as it will allow your skin to absorb more of the products you apply. “Pick up a gentle scrub,” advised Marchbein, “something with a mild glycolic or lactic acid to get off the dead skin.” When showering, she recommends no more than five minutes in a warm shower as it can actually contribute to dry skin and dehydration. Don’t forget to lather body moisturizer all over yourself as soon as you step out of the shower, too!