Ree Drummond loves almost everything about winter: "Marlboro Man and I have a running dialog about my love for winter. I love winter, he doesn’t. I love snow, he doesn’t. I love freezing temperatures, he doesn’t."
But Ree knows that one major pain point is winter skincare. Just when you think you’ve got your skin woes under control and a good skincare routine down—bam—winter comes to town and messes everything up. You know the feeling: dry, flaky, cracked, and itchy. It's the worst!
Susan Van Dyke, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Van Dyke Aesthetics, says that the low temperatures and low humidity wreak havoc on skin, creating a tough challenge for winter skincare. Not to mention that the indoor heating keeping you cozy and warm is actually making matters worse. "The surface cells on your skin dry out," she says. "They lose the ability to protect the delicate underlying cells and then those dry out too. The process continues deeper into the layers."
On top of all that, the constant hand washing that has become the new normal doesn't exactly help out in the dry skin department (though this at-home manicure might help). Keeping your skin hydrated during the colder months is difficult, but a few skincare experts have shared some of the best ways to fight the good fight to keep you hydrated and moisturized in the cold.
Raja Sivamani, MD, an integrative dermatologist, founder of Zen Dermatology and Arbonne scientific advisor, suggests taking an individual approach: “The skin types should be thought of in a more personal way. We are each unique combinations of different levels of oily, dry, or sensitive skin. It will make a big difference in reducing the guesswork that you might have in figuring out what products pair well with your skin.”
With a little help from these experts, anything is possible.
Know Your Skin Type
Skincare should never be viewed as a one-size-fits-all process. Everyone’s skin is going to react to changes in the weather differently. Getting to know your skin type is a huge step in treating issues related to winter skin.