Winter is in full swing here, and as many of you are, I am also a victim of dry skin in the winter.
During warmer months, your skin will produce more natural oils and once it gets around to the colder months, your body will slow down oil production, therefore leading it to dry skin.
Fear not, dry is is definitely reversible!
Two words: EXFOLIATE & MOISTURIZE.
Exfoliating might sound counter-productive, but you need to exfoliate in order to slough the dead skin off. During winter, your skin tends to become dry and flaky due to lack of moisture, exfoliating will help get rid of the dead skin cells and prep your skin for moisturization.
Normally, you only need to exfoliate once or twice every two week (or more), but during winter, you might need to exfoliate more due to the extra dry skin build up.
For exfoliation, you can use both a physical and a chemical exfoliator.
My favorite one that uses both is: NEOGEN's Bio-Peel Gauze Peel. It comes in Wine, Green Tea, and Lemon scents. It has single-use gauze pads that will give you smooth skin every time. The exfoliator contains the natural AHA ingredient (alpha hydroxy acid), which is a powerful, natural acid that will slough away dead skin as well as prevent dead skin from forming again, giving you soft, glowing, hydrated skin.
As for moisturizing, a good staple to always have on your skincare shelf are sheet masks. Sheet masks are jam packed with moisture whenever you need them, regardless of your skin type.
After exfoliating, I apply my favorite toner, then put on a sheet mask before going to bed. I leave it on for longer than 20 minutes so my skin can drink up all of the essence the sheet mask has.
Especially during winter, I love using creme based sheet masks, my favorites are: The Face Shop's MasCream Sheet Masks. They're full of moisture and will definitely give you soft, plump skin again!
If sheet masks aren't enough for you, sleeping masks will for sure give you the hydration your skin has been missing. (Read about my sleeping masks post here!)
My holy grail ones are Glow Recipe's Watermelon Mask & E Nature's Birch Juice Sleeping Mask. Sleeping Masks are an amazing way to achieve moisturized skin again overnight. These masks will give you full moisture all throughout the night so you don't have to worry about dry skin.
If you're still seeing dry skin, invest in a daily moisturizer. Having one that you apply once or twice daily will help tremendously. I currently use The Face Shop'sThe Smim Fermentation Concentrate Cream (no longer manufactured) and during the summer I use The Face Shop's Chia Seed Sebum Control Moisture Cream.
Be sure to do this exfoliate and moisturize routinely (even if it's not winter) to prevent yourself from having dry skin!
The most IMPORTANT thing you should do, especially during winter, is to stay hydrated all year round. Stay hydrated from within and your skin will thank you. (p.s. don't forget lip balm too)
Stay dewy. Stay happy. Thank you for reading & take care! ♡ - Annie