As temperatures hover around the freezing mark outside and skyrocket inside, the battle against the lack of moisture and dry environment begins. Just like your wardrobe, your skin care regimen should change with the weather. You can keep dry skin, cracked hands, itchy legs, and chapped lips at bay with a few simple steps:
Drink More Water. We tend to drink less water in winter months but don’t forget your body needs hydration from the inside out. Drink at least 64 oz. of water a day (the recommended 8 glasses). Add high-water content fruit and veggies such as apples, oranges, kiwi and watery veggies such as celery, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and carrots into the mix.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize. Moisturizing is an essential part of your daily skincare regimen (or it should be!). But it’s even more important during the drier, colder months as moisture is whisked away leaving you with parched dry skin. And dry, cracked skin is a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive and acne to form. Evologie Stay Clear Cream nourishes and repairs dry cracked skin, creating a healthier stratum corneum to help prevent future breakouts.
And remember the three-minute rule: Apply moisturizer within three minutes of bathing to trap the much-needed moisture to your skin.
Aquaphor is Your New BFF. Dry, cracked feet and elbows? Peeling cuticles? Chapped lips? Slap on some of the miraculous gelatinous goo for an instant fix. (Need more relief? Apply generously to feet and hands and wear cotton gloves/socks to bed.)
Brusha Brusha Brusha. Your toothbrush is not just for brushing your teeth anymore! Use your toothbrush to remove the excess dry skin on your lips (gently brush your lips and then apply Aquaphor!).
Halt the Hot Showers. How can something that feels so good be so bad for your skin? Hot water can strip the body’s natural (and needed) oils causing drier, itchier skin. It can also bring blood circulation to the surface of your skin, which is why your skin turns red. This can lead to itchier skin and even a rash. Do your skin a favor and opt for a lukewarm shower.