Stay Glowing: Tips and Tricks for Dry Skin
Updated: Feb 27
Many of us remember a time when we would try every product in the world in hopes of solving the problematic pimples, cracks, and zits. As the temperature drops, we must be even more cautious of how to properly approach our skincare routines. Whether you have dry skin, oily skin or a combination both, frigid temperatures have a way of ruining that perfect glow we've been working so hard to achieve. If you're a bare-faced baby like me, a cheap moisturizer is just not going to suffice. So let’s cut the chase and dive deep into a few tips and tricks that will help you avoid dry skin this season.
1. Evaluating your Diet
Every little thing matters, especially when it comes to your body. We have to remember that our diet affects many parts of our body and can emphasize our sensitivities. Simply stated, gut and skin health are directly linked to issues that can cause breakouts, blackheads, and even skin severities. However, with the right diet, it can do wonders for your skin!
Now, indulging in a glass of wine or enjoying coffee every once in a while will never do any severe damage to your skin but it can cause some harm. Sugar and caffeine are notorious for holding water and causing dehydration. In order to avoid dry skin, we all must look to good sources of Vitamin E and healthy oils and fats. Avocados are one of the superfoods you should consider adding to your diet as they contain high levels of healthy oils and vitamin E. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, states that “[avocados] provide the building blocks for healthy skin cell function…also help improve barrier function and hydration.” A change in diet can help avoid problems that may arise but it is never an excuse to ditch your daily skin routine.
2. Switching to a Heavy Cream
Although you may be dropping a hefty amount of cash on certain products, you have to be real with yourself. Is the product actually working, or am I just wasting money? Unfortunately, skincare is a trial and error process that largely depends on sensitivity and skin type. If you’re worried about your moisturizers not doing you justice, then it's time to flip that sucker around and check the label. It's always important to know exactly what you're putting on your face, but just in case we are beginners and need some help, check for ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients are important for building a strong skin barrier that can easily be stripped away by harsh winds, hot showers, or anything that might be completely drying you out. If not found, consider swapping out your moisturizer lotions for a heavy face cream, and slather that bad boy on. Heavy creams do an excellent job of not only restoring and building a skin barrier but also retaining it due to the excess amount of ceramics and hyaluronic acid. I’m telling you now, it’s changed lives and could do the same for you. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost, CeraVe Moisturizing Cream and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream are a few worth testing out.
3. Cleaning out the Cleansers
For my sensitive skin sisters, be cautious with cleansers and stick to what you know. We want to keep out skin happy and hydrated so try to choose creamy cleansers that can provide a generous amount of glycerin acid. This acid does a great job of maintaining our natural oils. Peter Thomas Roth's 24K Gold Pure Luxury Cleansing Butter, SkinCeutical's Soothing Cleanser, and SK-II's Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil are a few you should check out!
4. Limiting Your Showers
Ladies, I know we love to have the heat on the showers turned all the way up, but we cannot do that anymore. In order to make Megan Thee Stallion proud and become the ultimate hot girl, we need to tone it down in the bathroom. If you have to have a 'Hot Shower', put on Chance the Rapper. You’ll be okay, I promise! It might feel good in the moment but, no matter how many times you lather yourself in creams to repair your skin, the heat takes a toll. Hot showers can inflame the skin and cause us to lose the natural balance of moistures that we are trying to maintain. Applying heat for long durations not only causes peeling, itching, and redness, but it also reverses all the effort you've invested in your skincare routine.
It may be cold and dry outside but that doesn't mean your skin has to be. Feel free to share any other tips and tricks that have worked for you in the comments below. And remember, stay glowing queens!